DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama has been a frequent visitor to the swing state of Ohio -- and today he was back, making a rare joint campaign appearance with Vice President Joe Biden in Dayton.
Facing a tight race in the pivotal state, Obama urged supporters to recruit friends and make phone calls for him to help him carry their home area and Ohio. He said they can make a difference if they help him get out of the vote.
Biden made a similar point at an earlier stop in Toledo, where he told a crowd, "Folks, we need you." Obama carried Ohio in 2008.
But Mitt Romney's campaign says he has been gaining in Ohio with two weeks left until Election Day. A Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ak) University/CBS News poll released today puts Obama ahead with 50 percent to Romney's 45 percent in Ohio. That's down from a 10-point lead in a Sept. 26 survey. The margin of error for the poll conducted Oct. 17-20 was plus or minus 2.5 percent.
Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan are campaigning today in Nevada and Colorado.
183-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with Jim Messina, Obama campaign chairman, and Professor Danny Hayes, George Washington University)--The debates now behind them, President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck with exactly two weeks left in Campaign 2012. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (23 Oct 2012)
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APPHOTO OHPM130: President Barack Obama greets supporter during a campaign event at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (23 Oct 2012)
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APPHOTO NVDG120: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves as he speaks to the crowd during a campaign event Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (23 Oct 2012)
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