Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7.1

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Barack Obama supporters after hearing Ohio has been called for him in Columbus, Ohio., in this 2008 file photo.

That was President Barack Obama’s percentage-point margin of victory four years ago in Wood County, Ohio, where Republican challenger Mitt Romney is campaigning today, in Bowling Green.

Wood, just south of Toledo, is one of just six of the 88 counties in Ohio that backed Obama in 2008 after supporting President George W. Bush four years earlier. Obama won 52.7 percent of the vote in Wood, close to his statewide Ohio showing of 51.5 percent. He ran 6.3 percentage points ahead of the 2004 performance of Democratic nominee John Kerry, the ninth-biggest jump in Democratic performance.

Here’s a look at some Bloomberg stories on the election and the economy:

OBAMA POLLSTER: Mitt Romney’s background as a private-equity executive and his reluctance to release more of his federal income tax returns have a “character dimension,” President Barack Obama’s chief pollster, Joel Benenson, said at a Bloomberg Breakfast today in Washington.

FORECLOSURE FALLOUT: A wave of foreclosures in swing-state Florida is complicating the Obama re-election campaign’s effort to identify and turn out supporters who aren’t living where they were four years ago. “It’s almost like playing detective, asking questions,” Lynnette Acosta, one of Obama’s national co-chairs, told Hans Nichols.

HUNGRY IN THE HEARTLAND: Foreign-born engineers and scientists are finding employment beyond the high-tech haven of California, in Midwestern locales like Columbus, Indiana, and Bloomington, Illinois, Frank Bass writes.


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