President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney barnstormed Ohio this week. And both candidates also held rallies in or near Wood County, which has picked the winner in all but one presidential election since 1960.
Catholics used to reliably side with Democrats, in large part because of the labor union movement. But after a century of integration, the group started to look like the rest of the American constituency. But out of this population, two new voting blocs have emerged — with more reliable preferences.
Every four years the Presidential campaigns roll into Ohio. This year, the stakes are especially high for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney because no Republican has ever won the White House without a victory in Ohio. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.
Incumbent Jim Matheson is the state's only Democratic congressman and faces a tough battle for a seventh term. His rival is Mia Love, who if elected would become the first black Republican female member of Congress.
The Obama administration recently filed a complaint against China with the World Trade Organization. Meanwhile the two campaigns are having an ad war in Ohio over Chinese trade. Part of the reason is that Ohio's manufacturing industry — especially for autos — is firing on all cylinders.
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