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The Obama-Biden campaign is sending seven-time Grammy winner will.i.am and actress-producer Vivica A. Fox to Cincinnati Saturday for a "Party at the Polls" event outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

"Party at the Polls" begins at 10 a.m. outside the board of elections at 824 Broadway downtown.

The board offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for early voters, as well as from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday.

Four years ago, then-senator Barack Obama held a rally at the University of Cincinnati on the Sunday before the election, his final stop in Cincinnati before going on to win Ohio and the White House two days later.

This year, Obama - now locked in a tight re-election campaign where Ohio will play a crucial role - will return to the same Sunday for a rally at UC's Fifth Third Arena in what is likely to be his final campaign appearance in the area before Tuesday's election.

President Obama - who had originally planned to be in Cincinnati Wednesday - will hold a campaign event here Sunday as part of a weekend push through key battleground states.

And First Lady Michelle Obama is planning on a rally Saturday afternoon on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, the alma mater of GOP running mate Paul Ryan.

President Obama holds a two percentage point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the Ohio Poll released Wednesday afternoon by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research.

That is well within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent, meaning the race in Ohio is extremely close and the end result is a toss-up.

The poll had Obama with 48 percent support to 46 percent for Romney.

President Obama, who suspended personal campaigning this week while he dealt with the aftermath of the storm that devastated large parts of the east coast, will return to the campaign trail Friday in the key battleground state of Ohio, where the polls show him in a dead heat with Mitt Romney.

There is no official word yet from the Obama-Biden campaign on re-scheduling the president's rally that was scheduled for this morning at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. That was canceled by the White House Tuesday, but could well be re-scheduled.

The White House just announced that President Obama will remain in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to monitor damage from Hurricane Sandy, causing the cancelation of a planned campaign rally with the president at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

The president had been scheduled to rally supporters at the convention center Wednesday morning. He was also scheduled to do a rally later in the day in Akron. That too has been canceled.

President Obama's Wednesday rally in Cincinnati will be at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown, with the doors opening at 8 a.m., according to the Obama-Biden campaign.

Tickets for the event are available at https://mybarackobama.com/page/s/obama-cincinnati-oct-31.  Tickets are also available on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown or at the Organizing for America office at 1240 W. Kemper Rd. in Forest Park.

President Obama's Wednesday rally in Cincinnati will be at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown, with the doors opening at 8 a.m., according to the Obama-Biden campaign.

Tickets for the event are available at https://mybarackobama.com/page/s/obama-cincinnati-oct-31.  Tickets are also available on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown or at the Organizing for America office at 1240 W. Kemper Rd. in Forest Park.

Ohio is the birthplace of aviation, but automobiles are driving this presidential election in the Buckeye State.


Specifically, the 2009 move by the federal government to save General Motors and Chrysler from going down the drain. The auto industry “bailout,” as the Romney campaign likes to call it. The Obama campaign prefers the term “rescue.”


There is really no way to adequately describe how critical Ohio is to the question Americans will decide in nine days – who will occupy the Oval Office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four years.

President Obama will be back in Cincinnati Wednesday for what the campaign is describing as a "grassroots event."

His opponent, Mitt Romney, was in Cincinnati Thursday; and the president's return to the Buckeye State - and particularly heavily-contested Hamilton County - are indications of how Ohio and its 18 electoral votes are crucial to both candidates.

No details have been released on the Cincinnati visit, but it will be followed later in the day by a campaign event in Akron. Obama appeared at a rally of supporters in Cleveland Thursday.

Both the Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan campaigns are holding watch parties tonight for the presidential candidates' third and final debate.

Former Bengal linebacker Anthony Munoz, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be the featured guest at a Romney-Ryan watch party at the original Montgomery Inn, 9440 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. It begns at 8 p.m.

Martin O'Malley, Maryland's Democratic governor, and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory will join local Obama supporters for a watch party at 8:30 p.m. at Cincy's on Sixth, 41 E. 6th St., downtown.

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the tight Presidential Race in Ohio, the Vice President and President coming to Dayton and tonight's debate.

President Obama leads GOP challenger Mitt Romney by five percentage points in the critical swing state of Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday morning.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has settled the hash and allowed in-person voting at Ohio boards of Elections on the final three days before the Nov. 6 election to go forward, there is only one question worth asking.


Was it worth the fight the Obama-Biden campaign put up to stop Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, from doing away with those three days?


Depends on who you ask.


If you ask the Obama-Biden campaign and its Democratic allies, the answer is an unqualified “yes.”

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is kicking off a multi-state bus tour in Finneytown Friday - a tour aimed in Ohio at touting the re-election of President Obama and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

The AFT - which represents about 1.5 million teachers nationwide - is one of the most active labor unions supporting the re-election of President Obama.

In the pantheon of campaign surrogates for the Obama-Biden campaign, few can claim more star power than former president Bill Clinton.

But, Thursday in Parma, a Cleveland suburb, the 42nd President of the United States may have met his match and then some in the "star power" category when he attends a get-out-the-vote rally at Cuyahoga Community College with rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

For decades now, Democratic candidates running in Ohio - from president to mayor - have turned to one man for help, the one man who is probably the most popular Democrat in the Buckeye State - former senator and astronaut John Glenn.

Ohio, you may make history on the night of Nov. 6.


You may elect a new president without giving him your 18 electoral votes.


Consider this rather remarkable truism of American political history:


No Republican presidential candidate – going all the way back to the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln in 1860 – has won the White House without winning Ohio.


Mitt Romney could be the first.


This is not to say he will lose Ohio; he may, in fact, win the Buckeye State.

Obama supporters will gather tonight at Molly Malone's, an Irish pub in Pleasant Ridge, to watch the 9 p.m. debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

The event begins at 8:45 p.m. at Molly Malone's at 1611 Montgomery Road.

Inside Pitch reported yesterday on local Romney watch parties. You can read about them here.

Obama supporters will gather tonight at Molly Malone's, an Irish pub in Pleasant Ridge, to watch the 9 p.m. debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

The event begins at 8:45 p.m. at Molly Malone's at 1611 Montgomery Road.

Inside Pitch reported yesterday on local Romney watch parties. You can read about them here.

One could hardly blame President Obama for doing a bit of crowing Friday when he spoke to a rain-soaked crowd of several  thousand at Cleveland State University.


He had just learned, as had the rest of the nation, that the Bureau of Labor Statistics had new numbers showing the national unemployment rate had dropped from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September – the lowest jobless rate since January 2009, the month he took office.

The campaigns of both President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney were hitting the streets of Cincinnati for some old-fashioned door-knocking and phone-banking.

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood, joined with Hamilton County GOP officials and local tea party leaders Saturday morning at the Romney Victory Center in Colerain Township to kick off a day of grassroots voter outreach.

The campaigns of both President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are holding watch parties in Cincinnati for the first of three presidential debates tonight.

The Romney supporters will gather at the campaign's Westwood Victory Center at 2300 Montana Ave., suite 420, at 6 p.m.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory will join the Obama watch party at 8 p.m. at the Organizing for America office, 5846 Hamilton Ave., College Hill.

Ok, raise your hands if you think that President Obama is 10 percentage points ahead of Republican Mitt Romney among voters in Ohio, right this very moment.


We’re willing to bet your hands are still on your keyboards.


But the CBS News/New York Times poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, that came out this week does; it showed Obama with 53 percent support to 43 percent for Romney; and, what is more, showed Obama ahead by nine percentage points in Florida and a whopping 12 percentage points in Pennsylvania.
 

After his first debate with Republican Mitt Romney Wednesday night, President Obama will head back to the key battleground state of Ohio on Thursday and Friday.

Obama will hold an event in Denver Thursday morning; and then travel to Columbus for a what the campaign calls a "grassroots event" in Columbus. On Friday, the campaign said, another "grassroots" event will take place in Cleveland.

The Obama-Biden campaign has yet to release details on the president's Columbus and Cleveland events.

A new poll shows President Obama holding large leads over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in three key battleground states - Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday has Obama up by 10 percentage points in Ohio - 53 percent to 43 percent for Romney.

Some say the fate of the nation may hang in the balance when voters in Hamilton County, Ohio, go to the polls to cast their ballots in the presidential election.

A swing county in a swing state; a county that Barack Obama won four years ago, in a state that Mitt Romney needs to wrest back from Obama, who won Ohio with 51.5 percent of the vote in 2008.

“Fate of the nation” is one thing. A pretty big thing, actually.

Actress Natalie Portman and former Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland will headline a "Ohio Women's Vote 2012 Summit" Wednesday morning at the Museum Center at Union Terminal, in an event sponsored by the Obama campaign.

The Israeli-born actress, who won an Oscar in 2011 for her role in "Black Swan," has campaigned for Obama around the country, including an earlier stop in Cincinnati.

The campaign says the event will "provide Ohio women with an opportunity to hear how President Obama is standing up for Ohio woman and their families."

President Obama, before a wildly enthusiastic crowd of thousands at Cincinnati’s Eden Park, said his opponent, Republican Mitt Romney, “talks the talk, but I walk the walk” on a whole host of issues, from China policy to taxes to job creation.


And, while in the key battleground state of Ohio, in a county he won four years ago and desperately wants to win again, he told the estimated crowd of 4,500 at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion that, in 15 days, they have to work hard to get thousands of their friends and neighbors to vote early.

President Obama's motorcade is on its way to Seasongood Pavilion at Cincinnati's Eden Park, where thousands of supporters have filled the hillside opposite the Cincinnati Art Museum, eagerly awaiting his arrival.

Excerpts of the president's speech make it clear that the president intends to tout his administration's action this morning to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization over what it considers unfair trade practices by China in the export of autos and auto parts.

Mitt Romney's campaign has already called the action "too little, too late."

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