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Dems and Republicans argue over who has the best ground game in Ohio
Republicans say Dems are burning through their voters
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was among the national Dems trying to gin up the local get-out-the-vote effort.
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The Obama and Romney campaigns were busy holding conference calls and shooting e-mails to reporters Saturday, arguing over who will be better at getting out the Ohio vote. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that both campaigns had plenty of supporters casting ballots over the weekend. 

SCHULTZE: Who has the better pre-election game

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When the counting is all done, at least a third of Ohio voters are expected to have cast their ballots before Election Day.

President Obama’s campaign considers early voting its strength. That’s why Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and California Attorney General Kamala Harris was touring Northeast Ohio over the weekend boosting the Get Out the Vote efforts of the small cadre of volunteers in places like Canton.

Said Harris: “You vote is your voice. So the push right now is to remind people that they matter, that their voice matters and we want them to vote.”

They  heard what they wanted to hear from voters like Tony DiMauro at the Stark County Board of Elections. In Mr. Obama…

“I see a person who cares about other people as opposed to a person who is so superficial that he doesn’t even know who he is.”

Dems are far from the only ones voting early
But Stark County is a swing county, and Romney voters also were well-represented in the lines that snaked out the building and down the block. Voters like Carl and Terry Dominico.

“Obama’s had his shot at four years   he’s been up the the plate and I feel he’s struck out. I don’t see people working and getting jobs and I’m hoping for the change everybody was hoping for four years ago.”

And at least one of those voters, Brad Yoder, planned to be at today’s big rally for Mitt Romney at the IX center in Cleveland.

The Obama campaign went to federal court to ensure Ohio would have early voting the weekend before the election. Black churches have mounted a “Souls to the Polls” Sunday campaign, and most polls show Mr. Obama with a healthy lead among Ohio’s early voters.

 But the Romney camp argues that Democrats have already tapped nearly half of their likely voters, and it expects nearly 400,000 more likely Republican voters to turn out Tuesday than Democrats.

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