" Just a few weeks ago, the race
was perhaps most remarkable
for how unremarkable it was,”
The Buckeye State
It is once again
That about sums up the campaign for American President.
Incumbent Barack Obama turned the campaign into a race by showing up in body, but not in spirit for the first debate. Sure he showed America who was the better choice for President in the second two debates but it was the first debate that turned the course of the campaign. So much so that the race is too tight to call. Americans will not know with real certainty who the president is until election night.
Ohio’s 18 electoral votes swing 18 electoral votes are pivotal to the 2012 presidential election. They will seal a win or a defeat.
In 2004 George W. Bush sealed his re-election by narrowly winning the state over Sen. John Kerry. In 2008, a five point win gave the votes to Obama. In the mid-term elections Ohio went back to the Republicans.
Ohio is only one of the 9 states that Obama brought over from the Republicans to win the presidency. Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Viriginia, and Wisconsin are all important, but Ohio is crucial.
If Obama keeps it, the pressure of loosing Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia or Wisconsin is lessened. If Romeny wins it - it could mean he win the Whitehouse.
It is ground zero for the litmus test for swing states and for the jobs debate. In Newfoundland politics we says so goes the Humber, so goes the province. In this American election, Ohio is the Humber.
It is the battleground state.