That’s how many consecutive presidential elections, starting in 1964, in which Ohio has voted the same way as the nation.
It’s the only state in which the winning candidate’s margin of victory was less than five percentage points in both the 2004 and 2008 elections. In the past three presidential elections, Ohio has given an average of 49.2 percent of the vote to Republican candidates and 48.9 percent for Democrats.
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will campaign today in Ohio, one of nine states where they are spending most of their time and campaign advertising dollars. Obama will campaign at the Ohio State University in Columbus, while Romney plans an appearance with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Cuyahoga Falls near Akron.