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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.

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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Ohio's Brown-Mandel race gets nasty, early
Ohio's Senate race is expected to be among the most expensive in history with super PACs playing a big role

It’s May and already, television airwaves throughout Ohio are full of political ads that years ago, were not common until after Labor Day. And it’s not just that ads are being aired earlier. The spots are already taking a nasty tone. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the race for the U.S. Senate is a prime example.
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Poll says Portman is not a factor in Ohio presidential race
Republicans adding a “favorite son” may not help the ticket

The presidential race in Ohio remains too close to call..…..and if the Republicans add what you might call a “favorite son” as a running mate, it may not help the ticket surge ahead. That’s the bottom line of the latest independent poll. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
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New poll shows U.S. Senate race is getting close
Sen. Sherrod Brown still holds a lead over State Treasurer Josh Mandel

A new poll shows the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Sherrod Brown and his Republican challenger, Josh Mandel, is tightening. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Super PACs focus on Ohio Senate race
Ohio’s Senate contest has gotten a lot of attention from key super PACs such as Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS

The candidates for Ohio’s contested US Senate seat just started airing TV ads in the last two weeks. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports, the outside campaigns for and against the incumbent and the challenger have been going on for a while.
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Obama kicks off campaign in Ohio
President's theme is different in 2012.

President Obama kicked off his re-election campaign this weekend at Ohio State University. Four years ago, the President’s theme was change. This time around, his theme is different. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the President is now focused on moving forward.
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New poll shows dead heat in Ohio presidential race
Quinnipiac: Obama 44%, Romney 42%

As President Obama prepares for a campaign visit to Columbus on Saturday, the presidential race in Ohio remains too close to call. That’s the bottom line of the latest independent public opinion poll. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has the numbers.
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Ads for the U.S. Senate race could get negative
Sherrod Brown takes a forceful approach in his ad against Josh Mandel

The ad war is on in the US Senate race. Republican state treasurer Josh Mandel put out his first commercial, with incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown releasing an ad with a very different tone. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler has more on the start of what will be one of the most expensive Senate races in the nation.
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Brown-Mandel race is on its way to being the most expensive in Ohio history
Sen. Sherrod Brown claims Karl Rove has orchestrated the attacks

For nearly a year, the political talk about the Ohio Senate race has come down to money. And with quarterly campaign finance reports now filed, it’s clear just how much money that talk has been about. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.
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Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used an abandoned Lorain factory to attack President Obama's job creation
Romeny says Obama hasn't lived up to his campaign pledge to create jobs

  This year’s presidential race is already heating up here in Ohio. Today  likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney stumped at a closed drywall factory in Lorain, calling the building a symbol of President Obama’s failed jobs policies.  Romney’s visit followed Mr. Obama’s speech Wednesday at nearby community college where he chided Republicans for attempting to cut federal job training funds. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports…Romney says the president cannot run for reelection on his economic record.
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President Obama arrives in Northeast Ohio
He's heading to Elyria for a speech on the economy

President Obama has arrived in Northeast Ohio and is heading to the Lorain County Community College campus, where he's planning to give a speech at 2:30 on the economy.

He's also using the event to highlight how Republican budget cuts would eliminate successful job-training programs like one on the Lorain campus.

The president was greeted not just by supporters, press and the public. The campaign of likely GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney rolled in with a bus and a message that the president's economic policies have been a failure. 

After his stop in Northeast Ohio, the president is headed to Michigan. Both are considered swing states in the November election.
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President Obama praises job retraining at Lorain County Community College, but says Republicans trying to damage it
President chides Republicans for pushing funding cuts

President Obama used Lorain County Community College Wednesday  as a backdrop to tout a job training program….and to chide Republicans for attempting to reduce federal funding that goes into those programs.                                                                                           

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President: GOP budget cuts would hit job-training programs
Mr. Obama against questions priority of tax cuts for wealthier Americans

President Obama visited Lorain County Community College today Wednesday to praise its job training programs. And he noted that many such programs would be cut under a House-passed budget bill backed by likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Mr. Obama noted that nearly all of the students participating in the Lorain program find work.
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McCain's suggestion for vice president: Rob Portman
Says Congressman Paul Ryan is the only other one as qualified as Portman

The Republican who ran against President Obama in 2008 says he’d like to see an Ohioan near the top of the GOP ticket this year. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports.
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Ohio Senate race is bringing in millions
Brown's first quarter report shows he collected $2.4 million; Mandel brings in headliners Christie and McCain

On the fund raising side at least, the U.S. Senate race between Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel is living up to expectations; it’s one of the most expensive races in the country.
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