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Obama won Ohio with ground game

COLUMBUS, Ohio — All year, as the two presidential candidates vied for the battleground state of Ohio and its crucial 18 electoral votes, Democratic boots on the ground battled Republican ads on the air. On Tuesday, the boots won.

President Obama’s hard-fought victory in the Buckeye State on Tuesday night — unofficial returns showed he won by about 107,000 votes, with some ballots still left to count — was a vindication of a campaign strategy that relied heavily on an extensive, battle-tested field operation to get voters to the polls, Ohio political analysts said.

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