Obama and Romney campaigning hard for the Ohio vote

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Associated Press

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 10:03 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Bolstered by a strong debate performance, Mitt Romney is intensifying his efforts in the key state of Ohio. The Republican presidential nominee told a rally in Cuyahoga Falls tonight, "Ohio's going to elect me the next president of the United States."

President Barack Obama also campaigned hard in Ohio Tuesday calling out to students at Ohio State University, "All right, Buckeyes, we need you."

It's the last day of voter registration with Election Day now just four weeks away and Obama's campaign had buses nearby, ready to ferry students or other supporters to registration centers.

There are signs the president's advantage in Ohio is narrowing as a new CNN poll shows Obama leading Romney 51 percent to 47 percent among likely voters in the Buckeye State. Some Republican strategists say the race is even closer.

No Republican has won the presidency without winning Ohio.

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APPHOTO OHMS101: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, far right, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Stahl) (9 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO OHMS103: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Stahl) (9 Oct 2012)

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