Obama Courts Young Ohio Voters With Help From Hollywood


UPDATED: Wednesday October 10, 2012 8:05 AM

Ohio again took center stage in the presidential race as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney return to the swing state.

The Democratic president spoke to a crowd on the Ohio State University campus Tuesday evening. The event included a performance by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

“To let people know and remind them how powerful their choice and their vote is,” Will.I.Am said.

Obama urged college students to vote early. Obama told the young voters at a large rally at Ohio State University yesterday not to wait or delay their vote. Yesterday was the state's deadline to register to vote.

“Everything we fought for in 2008 is on the line in 2012 and I need your help to finish what we started,” Obama told the crowd.

“Please, empower yourself, make yourself visible,” Will.I.Am said. “Make your voice heard by coming down here to the polls.”

Obama’s Tuesday visit came as republican candidate, Mitt Romney campaigned with N.J. Gov. Chris Christie in Cuyahoga Falls.

In a sign of its importance, the two campaigns and their outside supporters have spent more than $110 million on TV advertising in the perennial battleground state.

Roughly 7.9 million Ohioans have registered to vote. Registration ended last night. Secretary of State Jon Husted said that more than 1.1 million people have applied for an absentee ballot to vote by mail, as of Friday. And another 13,100 military and overseas absentee ballots also have been requested.

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