Obama puts heat on Romney in women’s vote bid
Calls for cut in ties to candidate over rape remark
President Obama, seeking to shore up support among women, intensified his pressure Thursday on Mitt Romney to break any ties with a Republican Senate candidate who said that if a woman becomes pregnant from rape it is ‘‘something God intended.’’ Romney ignored the emotional social issue, holding to an optimistic campaign tone as he fought for victory in crucial Ohio. Obama, wrapping up a 40-hour battleground state blitz, also headed to his hometown of Chicago and cast his ballot 12 days before Election Day. The stopover was more than a photo opportunity — it was a high-profile attempt to boost turnout in early voting, a centerpiece of Obama’s strategy.