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Politics

Battle for Ohio heats up

Romney makes new appeals to women after Obama’s lead slipped following lackluster debate performance

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Amid signs that President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney among women may be shrinking after the first presidential debate, Leslie Markworth is the kind of voter that is giving Democrats anxiety fits.

“Romney was much more engaging,” Markworth, 39, said at a farmers’ market in Columbus, in the heart of a crucial battleground state. “President Obama missed the opportunity to really take a stand and talk about his next four years. I was disappointed.”

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