Though some polls show President Obama holding a substantial
lead over his Republican opponent, the head of an Ohio-based
political action committee says the race in Ohio remains tight.
Despite the continued bad economy, a Real Clear Politics
compilation of polls in the crucial battleground state shows Obama
with more than a five point lead over Mitt Romney. But the
reliability of the polls has been brought into question, with one
showing Obama ten points up, but two others indicating just a one
point lead for the president.
Mitt Romney's campaign is refuting the Obama campaign for
claiming that its ground effort is superior. The former says
it is not about the number of volunteers, but the quality of the
According to Phil Burress, chairman of Citizens for Community
Values (CCV), Obama's ground game is limited to the big
"There [are] 88 counties in the state of Ohio, and there [are]
only 16 blue counties. In 2004, 72 red counties showed up to vote
for Bush," Burress recalls. "Bush lost five of the six major
cities, but rural Ohio showed up in mass. If rural Ohio shows up
and votes in those 72 counties, then the blue counties don't stand
Burress has been on a "get out the vote" bus tour, visiting
churches in each of The Buckeye State's 88 counties (see earlier story). He tells OneNewsNow he
does not see evidence of a massive Obama ground game.
"We've put 7,000 miles on this RV travelling across the state of
Ohio, and I've seen six Obama signs where this time four years ago
there would have been hundreds, if not thousands …" he shares.
The CCV chairman adds that Ohio 2012 is much different than Ohio
2008, and the polling data is not accurate.