WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has been a swing state for decades, and recent polls indicate Republicans could take it back in 2012, after Barack Obama's 2008 win. But first Ohioans will have to rally around a common candidate.
Mixed feelings and indecision seem common across Republican-dominated Cincinnati suburbs that provide votes for Republican nominees -- whom history says must win Ohio to win the general election. A recent statewide Quinnipiac University poll indicated support for Mitt Romney was at 24 percent, with "don't know" at 22, Rick Perry at 21 and the rest scattered among the other candidates.
Southwest Ohio's Republican voters were credited with delivering Ohio -- and clinching re-election -- for President George W. Bush in 2004.