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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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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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State bar demands Supreme court justice have ad removed
The ad claims that his opponent expresses sympathy for rapists

The Ohio Bar Association is pushing a state Supreme Court justice to demand the Ohio GOP pull a controversial ad on his behalf. But as Steve Brown of Ohio Public Radio station WOSU reports, Republicans say that ad isn’t going anywhere.
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Renacci cancels some ad buys, releases poll
Internal poll shows 10 point lead over Betty Sutton

Politicians, journalists and pundits are trying to decipher why Congressman Jim Renacci took the unusual step of cancelling most of his broadcast TV ads in the final week of the campaign. Renacci’s campaign says it’s because he could no longer cut through the clutter. Fresh outside money and a new poll are only adding to the mystery. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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S.B. 5 fight galvanizes teacher candidates, but will it galvanize voters?
Last year's passionate fight over collective bargaining spawned a lot of Statehouse challengers

This time last year, Ohio airwaves were flooded with political ads urging people to vote for or against Senate Bill 5. That was the state law that would have curbed public employees ability to collectively bargain, and it lost -- big. After that election many teachers decided they want to become a more direct part of the legislative process. And StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports they’re now hoping to switch their classrooms for the Statehouse.
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Campaign surrogates talking about women's issues
Recent comments on abortion, rape fueling discussion

It's the year of the woman and nowhere is that more evident than in the fever pitch of Ohio's presidential race. Polls show women in Ohio are supporting Democratic President Barack Obama while men are favoring Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In recent days, women who support both candidates have taken to the campaign trail, trying to win votes. As Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports, recent comments about abortion and rape have fueled a fire over an issue that could make a big difference.
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Large early vote turnout in Cuyahoga County
Over 1,000 people voting every day

Large numbers of people are voting early in Ohio, and more than 15 percent of the votes cast so far have been in Cuyahoga County. Bill Rice of Ohio Public Radio Station WCPN reports.
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Saying there's too much clutter, Renacci cancels his TV ads
The GOP congressional incumbent cuts out broadcast TV for the last two weeks of the campaign

The contest between Republican Jim Renacci and Democrat Betty Sutton in Northeast Ohio’s 16th District is one of the most expensive congressional races in the country. That’s why analysts are puzzled by Renacci’s decision to cancel much of his TV advertising two weeks before the election. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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Controversial ad attacks Supreme Court candidate
The ad claims that Bob O'Neil shows sympathy for racists

An ad for an Ohio Supreme Court candidate is causing controversy. Even the candidate himself says he doesn’t like it. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Provisional ballots could cause problems with the presidential race
The time restraints for counting provisional ballots could cause a hang up for the presidential election

About 1.4 million Ohioans have requested absentee ballots by mail but so far, only 618 thousand of those ballots have been returned to boards of elections. If, for some reason, these voters decide to go to the polls to vote in person instead, they will have to vote provisional ballots. And that could pose a problem….especially if the presidential race in Ohio is as tight as some experts think it could be. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Matt McClelland of the Ohio Secretary of State’s office explains he doesn’t know, at this point, how many provisional ballots could be cast.
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Political air wars
Ohio attracts good, bad, and ugly campaign ads

Given the volume of political ads in Ohio, CBS’s Mo Rocca said this week  voters could be forgiven for believing that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are running for president of Ohio. WKSU’s Mark Urycki has this look at the political air-war in the Buckeye state.
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Ryan says states do a better job fighting poverty
Says federal programs are ineffective

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says getting government out of the way of anti-poverty efforts will reduce poverty in this country. Ryan was speaking today at Cleveland State University. He maintains that for 50years, federal programs aimed at helping poor people have increased dependency on welfare because  many are ineffective. And Ryan argues that Bill Clinton’s welfare-to-work reforms succeeded because they gave state’s more control.  Similarly, he says he and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would give states more control of Medicaid and food stamps.
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Biden stumps in Ohio's "presidents" country
The vice president continues his swing through Ohio by heading into predominently Republican areas

Vice President Joe Biden campaigned today for President Barack Obama’s re-election, and in a way, the rally for the two Democrats was in the heart of what you might call “enemy” territory. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports on Biden’s speech in Marion.
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A quick look ahead -- and back -- at Brown vs. Mandel debates
Abortion may move to the front tonight

The last of three debates in Ohio’s senatorial race is tonight in Cincinnati. The first two matchups between Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel were nearly as nasty as the millions of dollars in negative ads playing across the state. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.
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Shale gas and the war on coal
Energy issues are shaping the election in Ohio's redrawn 6th Congressional District

Anti-war slogans are everywhere in southeast Ohio this campaign season.  Stop the War on Coal is one of the most common yard signs seen in Ohio’s sprawling 6th District, a region that is also the center of the shale oil and gas boom as WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports.
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Swing state rubber hits the road in debate
Ohio still on the table as Romney, Obama cite Chinese trade and auto bailout

The Ohio rubber hit the road during the third and final presidential debate Monday night between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the swing state ties in what was supposed to be a foreign policy debate.
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Ohio's early voting is going strong
By ballot and by mail, voters are showing up well before Nov. 6th

The number of Ohioans taking advantage of early voting continues to grow, and expanded voting hours began this week.
Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has this update on Ohioans who are not waiting for Election Day.
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