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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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A crowd waits for Santorum and poll results
Exit polls say the race is going to Romney, but less than 10 percent of precincts are reporting.


WKSU’s Tim Rudell is down in Steubenville, where GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is holding his Super Tuesday post- election event.
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Santorum supporters at the polls in Ohio
Voters cite Santorum's family values as why he should be the next president 

Mitt Romney did better in the northeast and other urban areas of Ohio than Rick Santorum. But the former Pennsylvania senator still found plenty of supporters throughout this region, as well. Many were struck by his argument that social values are key to economic recovery. And others just see him as the most distinct – and therefore best – alternative to President Obama.
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Romney drills down on Obama in Ohio
Ignores other GOP presidential candidates on the even of Super Tuesday

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are campaigning in a half-dozen Ohio cities today as they try to lock up the undecided votes heading into tomorrow’s GOP presidential primary. But increasingly, the two are ignoring each other. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Romney’s campaign stop in Canton this morning.
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Santorum, Romney contrast in claims and styles as they stump NE Ohio
Romney ignores Santorum; Santorum parallels "Romneycare" and "Obamacare"

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum hit Ohio hard on Monday, hours before the polls open Tuesday.  WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports on how the campaigns are wooing the Republicans for Super Tuesday.
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Romney and Santorum stump Ohio in the final hours
Canton, Youngstown, Zanesville, Dayton, Columbus. Cuyahoga Falls, Steubenville are all on the candidates' lists in the runup to Tuesday's primary

The two GOP presidential frontrunners are leaving no doubts about how important Ohio is to their hopes. After spending much of the weekend traveling the state, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney will be back Monday, and Santorum plans to be in northeastern Ohio when the polls close Tuesday night. Romney will begin Monday morning in Canton with a “meet and greet” at Gregory Industries, then head to Youngstown and Zanesville before flying home to Massachusetts to vote on Super Tuesday. Santorum is coming back to Ohio from Oklahoma for a rally in Dayton In the morning, then one inin Columbus and finishing the day out in Cuyahoga Falls Monday night. He’ll also hold his election night party in Steubenville shortly after the polls close Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Ohio is one of 10 states holding elections Tuesday. It’s awarding the second highest number of delegates, and is considered the key swing state.  
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What can Ohio learn from the Michigan primary?
Similar political strategies used in both states leading up to the primary vote may predict the outcome for Ohio.

Now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has won the primaries in Arizona and Michigan, all eyes turn to Super Tuesday, in which Ohio has the second highest number of delegates at stake. Michigan and Ohio share similar dynamics that may predict the outcome of the vote in this state.
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Santorum and Romney hit Ohio, half an hour apart
Rallies, speeches and a recognition of Ohio's importance even in the mix of Super Tuesday.

The two GOP presidential frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum both landed in Northeast Ohio last night -- about a half hour away from each other. Both are also just about even according to the latest Ohio polls, and a lot of voters say they could change their minds by Tuesday.
WKSU's M.L. Schultze and WCPN's Bill Rice covered the two appearances. Here are their stories.
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Auto bailout having limited impact on buyers and voters
Northeast Ohioans at the Cleveland Auto Show are considering style and substance, not the 2009 bailout, when it comes to car buying  – and presidential candidates

Northeast Ohioans at the Cleveland Auto Show will be browsing GM and Chrysler vehicles that may not have existed without government money.  But, as WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports, they’re considering style and substance, not the 2009 bailout, when it comes to car buying  – and presidential candidates.
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34-year-old Republican conservative says he can provide fresh leadership
One goal is to reduce partisanship in Washington

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is officially running for the U.S. Senate.  He’s been raising money for months, is on the March 6th primary ballot and is favored to win Republican nomination.  But, until a speech Thursday at the Akron Press Club, he hadn’t “declared” his candidacy.   WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.
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Preview of the GOP senate candidates
State treasurer Josh Mandel has just announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate Thursday against five others in  the primary

It might come as a surprise to many Ohioans that state treasurer Josh Mandel has just announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate Thursday. And it might also surprise many Ohioans to know there are five other Republicans who are running against Mandel in that Senate primary. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has a preview of the GOP primary race for US Senate.
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Romney: President Obama is too soft and ineffective
The leading GOP candidate criticized the president's polcies in a speech at Capitol University

Mitt Romney, Republican frontrunner among presidential hopefuls, campaigned in suburban Columbus Wednesday. Fresh from primary election wins in Arizona and Michigan, Romney is now looking to next Tuesday and the Ohio primary.
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Green energy companies support clean energy bill
Ohio environmental groups say they were not consulted and they are skeptical

There’s a petition drive for yet another statewide ballot issue in Ohio. This one proposes that the state borrow billions of dollars to boost what’s termed “clean energy.” But, as statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports, the folks you might think are behind the issue --- Ohio environmental groups --- say they have nothing to do with it.
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Santorum tells Steubenville audience "man needs to guide the earth"
GOP candidate says nature would make a mess of things if left to its own devices

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum got a warm welcome from students at a conservative Catholic school in eastern Ohio this morning. He spoke to about 500 people, many from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he later attended Mass at noon. And he repeated claims that God has uniquely empowered man to guide the earth.  
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Santorum meets with conservative Christian group
Highlights from the speech include attacking legalized abortion and the healthcare law mandates

Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, who has surged ahead in Ohio opinion polls, made five appearances Friday and Saturday. One of his strongest support groups is evangelical Christians—some of whom he met at the Ohio Christian Alliance near Columbus.
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Santorum stumps in Akron
A surging Rick Santorum wrapped up a tour of Ohio at a Lincoln Day dinner in Akron on Saturday

A surging Rick Santorum wrapped up a tour of Ohio at a Lincoln Day dinner in Akron on Saturday.
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Catholic voters wait and see ahead of primary
Long-time Catholic, social conservative and GOP  frontrunner, has sold out the Summit County Lincoln Day dinner Saturday night.

In the swing state of Ohio, Catholic voters make up a huge part of the swing vote.

Rick Santorum is a long-time Catholic, social conservative and current GOP presidential frontrunner. He’s sold out the Summit County Lincoln Day dinner Saturday night, and arrives with a stump speech that embraces the Catholic bishops’ objections to birth control in the federal health-care mandate.

But as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, Ohio Catholics are not necessarily aligned with their church’s official position – or with Santorum – in the voting booth.
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