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Ohio presidential vote seen as potential decider

Nov. 06, 2012 @ 09:07 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama has an early lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Ohio for what could be a pivotal battleground state in their nail-bitingly close race.

With about 3 percent of the vote in, Obama was ahead by some 200,000 votes in unofficial results. The Democrat is trying to carry the state a second time.

Both sides poured major time and resources in the closely watched state, adding campaign visits in the final days and even hours before the polls closed Tuesday evening.

Exit polling indicated a tight race. Voters sampled said the economy was the leading issue, but they split on which candidate would be better to improve it.