That’s the average Republican vote percentage in the 2008 presidential election in the three Ohio counties where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has public campaign events planned today.
Romney, campaigning for the second straight day in a state no Republican has won the White House without, will travel from Northeast to Northwest of Columbus with stops in Knox, Delaware and Shelby counties.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee four years ago, took 59 percent of the vote in Knox and Delaware and 67 percent in Shelby. Though none of the three are among the ten most populous Ohio counties, Romney would like to ramp up the base Republican vote there. In the 2004 election, President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign was effective at maximizing the Republican vote in lesser-populated counties to overcome big Democratic vote advantages in the populous Columbus and Cleveland areas. Bush won 63 percent in Knox, 66 percent in Delaware and 71 percent in Shelby.
Romney will be joined in Knox and Delaware by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a popular figure among base Republican voters and a frequent surrogate for Romney.