As Michigan Votes, Buckeye Battle Looms

As voters go to the polls in Michigan, the candidates and campaigns are already focused on Ohio which is shaping up to be the next major battleground as it votes in a week on March 6th as part of Super Tuesday.

Rick Santorum is making a quick detour Tuesday from his campaigning in Michigan for an afternoon rally in Perrysburg, Ohio. And the conservative Susan B. Anthony List will sponsor an Ohio leg of their bus tour supporting Santorum. On Wednesday, Mitt Romney's first stop after will be a rally in Toledo, Ohio, followed by a town hall in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

Since Ohio is the next Midwestern state up for grabs, analysts said it will be key for each candidate.

"If Santorum can demonstrate a Midwestern weakness for Romney, then he could get an influx of resources and this could drag out much longer. Ohio is all about general election electability whereas Michigan is likely to be Obama country in the general (at least as of right now)," Ford O'Connell, a Republican political consultant, said.

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published this page in In The News 2012-02-28 13:30:00 -0500
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