July 18th, 2012
08:15 PM ET

The key to the White House: Ohio, Ohio, Ohio

CNN contributor John Avlon discusses the importance of Ohio in the 2012 presidential elections.

OutFront tonight: The Daily Beast Contributor Mark McKinnon and CNN Contributor Roland Martin.

By the numbers: Why Ohio matters

Ohio: Home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Wright Brothers, the Ohio State Buckeyes and birthplace of more presidents than any other state.

If that doesn't put Ohio on your map, then consider it is on both presidential candidates' maps. Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama and a number of their surrogates are visiting the Great Lake state this week. For Obama, it's the 24th time in his presidency, and for Romney, it's the 10th time this year.

That's because, in addition to making great contributions to America - such as Katie Holmes, who calls Toledo home; Halle Berry, who hails from Cleveland; and LeBron James of Akron - Ohio is also one of the biggest battleground states in presidential politics.


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