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Final rounds before Election Day

By admin Published: November 2, 2010


From staff and wire reports

Today is Election Day.

Voters will decide congressional, statewide, county and judicial seats, as well as charter amendments, school levies and other tax issues.

On Monday, the major party candidates for governor and U.S. senator made joint appearances in 11th-hour efforts to rally their supporters.

Gov. Ted Strickland visited Parma, Lorain and Akron for ''canvass kickoffs'' in the final day of campaigning before today's voting.

Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, the Democratic candidate for Senate, joined him to knock on doors and talk with voters.

U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, also participated in the get-out-the-vote campaign in Akron. She faces Republican businessman Tom Ganley in her bid for re-election.

Strickland's opponent, former U.S. Rep. John Kasich, cast his ballot Monday at the Delaware County Board of Elections.

The Republican former congressman's lead in the polls has shrunk to the point where the race is too close to call.

Kasich attended a rally Monday night in Cincinnati with Senate candidate Rob Portman and U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-West Chester, who's in line to become speaker if the GOP wins a majority in the House today.

Portman campaigned at Stamco Industries in Euclid and brought coffee and doughnuts for plant workers.

At the evening rally, Boehner gave President Barack Obama a taste of what he can expect if the West Chester Republican becomes the next speaker of the House.

''The president has been here in Ohio a dozen times this year, and Ted Strickland thinks it is about him,'' Boehner told a crowd of more than a thousand Southwest Ohio Republicans.

''It is not about him — this is about President Obama getting re-elected in two years.''

Boehner took a pointed shot at the president, who has been criticized in recent days by conservatives for an interview with Univision, the Spanish-speaking TV network, in which he used the word ''enemies'' to describe his political opponents.

The White House clarified the statement Monday, saying he should have referred to them as ''opponents.''

Boehner wasn't having any of it Monday night.

''I have a word to describe these people who have the audacity to fight for our Constitution, Mr. President,'' Boehner said. ''These people aren't enemies; they are patriots.''

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