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Obama's Ohio visits important to 2012, too

By Doug Published: October 29, 2010

The New York Times is reporting that President Obama's repeated trips to Ohio are as important to his re-election in 2012 as they are to Gov. Ted Strickland's re-election this year.

The most politically important state in America, at least in the eyes of the White House, is Ohio. President Obama arrives this weekend for one last rally of the campaign season, his 12th visit since taking office and his second in only two weeks.

The Times story, by Jeff Zeleny, says that both Democrats and Republicans are in agreement on the importance of the Buckeye State, and more importantly, which party controls the governor's office at the time of the next presidential election.

There's another interesting dynamic, which raises the question of whether Obama helps or hurts Democrats.

The Ohio governor's race also offers a case study for how Democrats will fare for openly embracing the president, a gesture that has become an exception rather than the rule among many of the party's most endangered candidates. The White House has tried to play a more significant role in races for governor in other battleground states, particularly Florida, but few Democrats have welcomed Mr. Obama as warmly as Mr. Strickland has.

Over the weekend, Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton will all visit Ohio.

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