The Ohio Republican County That Could Tip the Election

Ohio's Hamilton County has long been one of the nation's most reliably Republican areas. Will it tip the election to Obama this year?

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Cincinnati is home to major social-conservative activists, who form the core of McCain's effort in Hamilton.

The New Battlegrounds Hamilton County, Ohio

Modest, workmanlike and a little wary of theatrics, Ohioans have nonetheless developed a flair for the dramatic when it comes to presidential elections. In 2004, election night came and went with no clear winner in the Buckeye State, and for a few long hours it seemed that the nightmare of 2000 just might repeat itself. When the results were finally tabulated, George W. Bush had won the state by just over 118,000 votes--a difference of fewer than 11 ballots per precinct.

This year Ohio is gearing up to put on another show. Both campaigns have spent enough...

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