Posted on | October 28, 2012 | 31 Comments
Just pulled into a McDonald’s here on the way to a Romney-Ryan rally in Marion — two and a half hours away — to quickly note the latest news via the Columbus Dispatch:
Romney closes Obama’s lead to split Ohio
Boosted by a surge among male voters who think he’s the best candidate to fix the economy, Republican Mitt Romney has come back to tie President Barack Obama in battleground Ohio.
They are deadlocked at 49?percent in a new Dispatch/Ohio News Organization poll. Obama was ahead by 5 points in the same poll published on Sept. 16.
How does that tie get broken in the next nine days?
“In the final days before the election, both campaigns will focus on turning out their bases, appealing to independents and attracting the few undecided voters that remain,” said Eric Rademacher, co-director of the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research, which conducted the poll for Ohio’s eight largest newspapers.
“Absent any more twists and turns, a remarkable presidential campaign may end with the campaign that executes the best ‘ground game,’ narrowly delivering Ohio for the next president of the United States.”
The Buckeye State, the nation’s top presidential bellwether since 1900, is always important in a presidential election. But this year might be giving Ohio voters an attention-surplus disorder, with more than 70 visits by presidential candidates or their running mates, unprecedented ad spending, and reporters from around the world fanning across the state. Last week, a New York Times statistical analysis called Ohio more important than the other 49 states combined. . . .
Read the whole thing. I’ve got to get back on the road quickly — the Marion rally starts at 6:30 — but if you needed any further omens of how this campaign is going, Andrew Sullivan has once again gone absolutely Looney Tunes, almost certainly a harbinger of Republican victory.