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This year, the political battle for Ohio voters is fiercer than ever. With a tight U.S. Senate race and mere percentage points separating the candidates for President, WKSU reporters are busy covering the story behind the stories to bring you the best information and help you make educated decisions in the November elections.



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Hiram poll results on young voters and the president
Mr. Obama remains popular with younger voters, but not so much

On-going polling  of young voters shows most continue to support President Obama, but by no-where near the comfortable margin of four years ago. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.
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Ohio is a battleground for TV ads for the presidential race
Obama's campaign has TV ads going against Mitt Romney while other ads are attacking the president

Negative campaigning in the presidential race is heating up here in this battleground state of Ohio. In the latest skirmish, the Obama re-election campaign is airing TV ads blasting Republican Mitt Romney…..and a pro-business group is airing TV ads lambasting the president. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
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Romney attacks Obamacare in Brunswick
First of three Ohio stops today for GOP contender

Mitt Romney was in Brunswick Sunday, one stop on his bus tour where he served up pancakes and promises to a damp Father’s Day crowd.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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Obama's immigration announcement has Ohio activists “pleased but guarded"
Local Hispanics are happy with the announcement but still want more protections

One local Hispanic man who came the country illegally two decades ago says he’s pleased but guarded about this morning’s (Friday’s) immigration announcement by the president. Mr. Obama said the federal government will no longer pursue deportation of people who brought here before the age of 16 and who don’t pose a security risk. Marco Saavedra says he and other activists want a wider-reaching executive order.
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New debate over who is responsible for drop in Ohio's unemployment rate
The rate went down from 7.4 to 7.3 in May

Ohio’s unemployment rate is down again. The rate was 7 point three percent in May, down from seven point four percent in April. No one is disputing this is good news for Ohio…..but as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo ingles reports, there is a debate over who should get credit for it.
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Romney campaigns in Cincinnati, slams Obama's policies
Romney says Obama makes things harder for small business

Ohio is a presidential battleground today with President Obama and the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney both making campaign appearances. From Ohio Public Radio member station WVXU,Tana Weingartner has more on Romney's stop in Cincinnati.
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Obama highlights differences between his positions and Romney's while in Cleveland
Obama blames the nation's economic problems on political holdups in Washington

The presidential campaign is taking center stage in Ohio this week. Thursday, President Obama campaigned in Cleveland, where he highlighted the differences between his economic visions and those of G-O-P challenger Mitt Romney. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.  
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President Obama pushes his economic vision in Cleveland
Says challenger Romney would return to failed Republican policies

The presidential campaign is taking center stage in Ohio this week. Thursday, President Obama campaigned in Cleveland, where he highlighted the differences between his economic visions and those of G-O-P challenger Mitt Romney.
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Portman helps open Romney campaign headquarters to mixed reviews
Ohio senator considered VP possibility

The opening of a presidential campaign headquarters is rarely big news. But a campaign launch this weekend was. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports it wasn’t because of the presence of the candidate, but because of one of his supporters.
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Husted asks for more poll workers this November
Ohio Secretary of State is scouting for poll workers this November.

Ohio is already being heavily targeted by both the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns, and turnout is expected to be heavy this fall. So Secretary of State Jon Husted is touring the state this month to encourage residents to become poll workers in November.
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Romney, Obama surrogates argue health-care impact in Ohio
Business owner says it spells the end of a good thing, Massachusetts lawmaker says its working

A Northwest Ohio business owner claims many Ohioans who have good health care now will lose it if a key part of the new federal health care law is allowed to go into effect. Kyle Koehler says he provides good insurance for the employees in his small machine and stamping business but might be forced to drop it to be able to compete under the federal health care plan.
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FBI probes donations to Ohio GOP
Investigation looking into Mandel and Renacci

Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel has returned $105,000 in campaign contributions that are under investigation by the FBI, which is also checking into donations from the same direct marketing firm in Canton to Northeast Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci.

Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on reaction from both parties.
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Obama woos vets in Ohio with the help of the vice president's son
Beau Biden argues that President Obama's records shows a long, strong commitment to vets

Veteran and active-duty military have traditionally leaned Republican. But 2008 hinted at a generation gap among those voters. And the Democratic Party is now trying to swing those voters in the swing state of Ohio. Beau Biden, a veteran of the Iraq War and son of Vice President Joe Biden, says the heart of the Veterans and Military Families for Obama campaign is to inform people of President Obama’s record of helping veterans.
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Josh Mandel returns Suarez donations
Congressmen Jim Renacci waiting for FBI conclusion

Canton-area congressman Jim Renacci is in no hurry to give back campaign donations from the Suarez Corporation.   Senatorial candidate Josh Mandel did return the 105 thousand dollars he received after hearing that the FBI was investigating how some of the 17 employees at Suarez could have come up with that money. Renacci received about the same amount.  The bundled amount is the largest contribution to his campaign.      Renacci campaign manager Bill Novotny rejected a call from Democratic opponent Betty Sutton to return the money, which she called “tainted.”
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Major party chairmen take on each other’s messages
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett together for the first time since shake-up

There are around five months till Election Day. But the chairs of the state’s two major political parties are talking like it’s just around the corner. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler was on hand for a discussion between the two before a bipartisan audience.
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Renacci and Mandel donations investigated
Suarez Corporation employees pool $100k for each

The FBI is investigating campaign donations from a Canton corporation to two candidates for Congress. The campaigns of 16th district Congressman Jim Renacci and US Senatorial candidate Josh Mandel have both confirmed the investigation. WKSU’s Mark Urycki has details.
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