Even more unhelpful to Romney's prospects, many pointed out, was that the former Massachusetts governor penned an op-ed in the New York Times entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" to declare his opposition to the move.
"If only the headline had been 'Get Detroit Through Bankruptcy,' Romney would take Ohio," one GOP Insider lamented.
"Being against the auto bailout is the kiss of death," a Democrat agreed.
Others said the relative strength of the economy in Ohio, as well as the Obama campaign's ground game in the state, would propel the president to victory."The unemployment rate is lower than the national average. Ohioans will vote with their pocketbooks and vote for an Obama second term," one Democrat said. Another added: "2004 in reverse. The energized Democratic ground game cuts Romney's margins in the collar counties surrounding Dayton, Cleveland, Toledo, and Columbus."
Still, not everyone was on board with the notion that Obama had Ohio in his back pocket. Many said that Romney's promises of bringing about an economic revival would resonate with Ohioans hit hard by the recession and disappointed with Obama's record.
"In the end, the economy will prevail, and Buckeyes will rightly hold the president accountable for his reckless assault on small businesses and larger job creators," one Republican said.
"It's been closing every month since the summer. The Obama magic has worn out in the Buckeye State," another GOP Insider added.
A third Republican had a more dramatic assessment: "Tsunami is coming. The Obama gravity-defiance act has been pierced."
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