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.
Obama ahead of Romney in the polls
Two new polls show race in Ohio is tight but President Obama has a slight edge
Two new polls on the presidential race in Ohio show what pollsters have been saying all along in recent days, the race is tight and Election Day turnout will matter. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports on what the campaigns are saying about the new polls and the state of the race in Ohio.
GM refutes Romney ad
GM spokesman says the company has created 18,000 American jobs and isn't moving any to China.
Earlier this week, the company that makes Jeeps criticized a Mitt Romney campaign ad, airing in Ohio, as misleading. Now, a second automaker is saying the same thing about another Romney ad. The arguments are over new auto jobs and where they’re being created. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports.
In Ohio, locals try to be heard above the national cacophony
Local pols campaign knowing much is beyond their control, and local voters try to listen
For years, politicians have lived by the mantra that all politics is local. But in Ohio, that may have been turned upside down. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports some local candidates are discovering that, this year, all politics is national – with a price tag to match.
Former President Bill Clinton campaigned again in NEO
A large and loud crowd at the Covelli Center greeted Mr. Clinton like a returning hero
Even the storm bands of Hurricane Sandy couldn’t keep former President Bill Clinton from returning to the scene of some of his most successful campaigning when he ran for president…Youngstown. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports Monday, he was on the stump for President Obama even while Mr. Obama had to call off plans to join him.
Romney turns campaign stop into hurricane relief
Supporter bring canned goods
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney cancelled campaign events today in Ohio, but he still made an appearance in the Dayton suburb of Kettering. As Emily McCord reports for member station WYSO, the focus was on disaster relief.
Auto companies blast Romney's claim they're planning to move jobs to China
The majority owner of Jeep says that they will be investing in 1,100 new jobs in Ohio; factcheckers also debunk Romney's claim
A dispute over Ohio auto jobs continues to swirl here in this key battleground state in the presidential election, with election day just a week away.
A top auto company executive is strongly restating that Jeep has no plans to move Toledo auto jobs overseas, despite a claim to the contrary by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and despite new ads by Romney’s campaign that hint at it. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports.
So who are these undecided voters and what are they waiting for?
Time is running out and the number of undecideds is dwindling, but they're still out there
Voters who’ve been undecided in recent weeks are running out of time to make a decision in the presidential race. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports their choices are often coming down to a process of elimination.
Ohio schools aim to pass new, different kinds of levies
Almost a third of all school districts in Ohio have tax issues on the upcoming ballots
You likely have seen yard signs in your neighborhood asking voters to support their local schools. This year, nearly a third of all the school districts in the state have tax issues on next week’s ballots. And 78 out of those 194 issues are for new funds. StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky has this report on how schools are trying to convince voters to approve their levies.
Watchdogs will be out on Election Day
Several options to report voter fraud and intimidation
Ohio voter watchdogs will be out in full force on Election Day, hearing complaints of fraud and abuses. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Plenty of confusion in Ohio's redrawn 7th congressional district
Stark County, now cut into three districts, tries to figure out who will be their next congressman or woman
Regardless of the outcome in the November 6th election, most voters in Stark County will have a new congressman or woman. That’s because Republican lawmakers redrew the state’s congressional map and for the first time in history, carved Stark County up into multiple districts.
So, even though Republican Bob Gibbs has been in Congress the last two years, voters in his most populous county don’t know anything about him.
WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz tries to clear up the confusion in the 7th district congressional race.
Kaptur, Wurzelbacher face off in Congressional debate
9th District candidates spar on fracking, bailouts, abortion
Candidates in the 9th Congressional District race – Incumbent Demoract Marcy Kaptur and Republican challenger “Joe the Plumber” Sam Wurzelbacher have faced off in their only debate…and showed differences on a wide variety of issues. The new district creates a sliver that follows Lake Erie from Cleveland to Toledo. Kaptur on Friday highlighted her support of the auto bailout and its impact on Toledo-area auto plants.
Sponsor of voter fraud billboards may be revealed
One Wisconsin Now claims Einhorn Family Foundation paid for billboards similar to those in Cleveland and Columbus
A Wisconsin voter advocacy group says it’s learned who paid for a series of voter-fraud billboards in Cleveland and other inner cities. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia has more.
Democrats file complaint against Renacci
Allege coordination with outside group over cancelled ads
The Ohio Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Monday against Congressman Jim Renacci. It’s alleging that Renacci’s campaign is coordinating with an outside group. Last week, Renacci cancelled $850,000 worth of TV ads. And by Saturday, a super PAC backing GOP candidates, called the Congressional Leadership Fund, had bought $300,000 worth of anti-Betty Sutton ads in the hotly contested race for the 16th district. The U.S. Supreme Court decision called Citizens United allows unlimited outside spending, but no collaboration between outside groups and candidates’ campaigns. Renacci spokesman James Slepian.
Brown, Mandel spar on economy, health care
Final Senate debate also included discussion on abortion
As supporters railed against one another outside last night's Ohio senatorial debate in Cincinnati, inside candidates Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel went at each other as well. WVXU's Tana Weingartner has details.
How can we miss them when they won't go away?
The presidential candidates and their surrogates are blanketing Ohio, again. The tally is up to about 75. And complaints about the the costs of those visits are starting to mount
Another week, another series of campaign visits to Ohio. President Obama and Vice President Biden were in Dayton – Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan are in North Canton tonight. And all four candidates stumped separately throughout the state this week. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports - communities are saying the costs of protecting those candidates are really adding up
GOP says Democrats are providing pizza to Ohio State students for votes
Republicans are saying that students were forced to vote for Obama in order to get pizza
The Ohio Republican Party has filed an election complaint against the Obama campaign and state democrats in a squabble over pizza provided to Ohio State University students. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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