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Campaign 2012

Why Did Romney Almost Lose Ohio?

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann, talk to reporters on his campaign plane before taking off for Boston, in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 6, 2012.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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He outspent Rick Santorum 4-to-1 on air (including super PAC money) and, after winning the previous five primary battles, had all the momentum heading into a center-right, centrist state. So how, exactly, did Mitt Romney manage to beat his Pennsylvania rival by only a scant 12,000 votes? 
According to one veteran Buckeye State GOP strategist, the explanation might lie in two factors: Early voting, and poorer-than-expected returns in the Columbus area. 
On Tuesday, Romney found success in Ohio urban and suburban centers, in and around cities like Cleveland and Cincinnati. But in Franklin County, home of the state capital Columbus, he underperformed.

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