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It's less than four weeks to go -- we go to the polls we are taking a close look at the states that could hold the key to the White House.
Today that very important important state of Ohio could be the most important battleground of all.
What can get the pop up on the touch screen near -- -- The Buckeye State voters in Ohio have chosen the winner in twelve of the last twelve election that's.
Well -- very much a perfect record the last person to win the presidency without winning Ohio was JFK.
Back in 1960.
So let's take a look at some of the stats that are affecting things in Ohio John -- think the Republican governor there the bio health and steel industries are obviously huge.
In terms of the unemployment rate seven point 2% in Ohio.
You'd get a gallon gas it'll set you back three dollars and 74 cents there.
One in 556.
Housing units is in foreclosure.
In Ohio home president Obama's been in nine times governor Romney eleven times since April so let's talk about it -- Joseph Barton a political.
Suspect we talked to him exactly one month ago what's changed in that month Joseph.
What's changed here is what's changed -- everywhere in the country last Wednesday.
What went up what's on the stage in Denver is.
Shaken up the race things are tied here you know there's no other way to put it it's neck and Akron Ohio.
I can see behind me on governor Romney in one of those targets Governor Christie here are talking towering Mount Vernon.
The Romney campaign is set up shop here and there are going to be here virtually.
Through Election Day any name they know they need to have Ohio and and after last Wednesday it looks like.
They have a chance here -- in the polls would indicate that I mean a lot of people seem to change their minds just based on that debate.
-- absolutely I mean you know 67 million people watched it.
It was a governor Romney that really we haven't seen before and you know I.
Along with so many people who cover him on a daily basis and so many of his events and and just I saw.
This I think he -- he he really brought strong with our president frankly that we hadn't seen before.
Just for all you know you can go back to all -- criticisms that you've heard over the last week and -- that they were all true how.
Just -- created the momentum.
It is absolutely with the -- -- -- we just have.
A few seconds left but do you get the sense that the governor is energized and the voters are are receiving him well in Ohio.
Oh absolutely I mean -- his crowds here have been very strong last night 121000 people.
Now the president I was in Columbus yesterday he had 151000 so.
It's not like it's not like the president's waiting -- -- it's going to be a dog fight it through the end Joseph Barton from the Columbus Dispatch thanks for joining us today Joseph.
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