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Jim, who said he grew up poor and came out of a difficult family situation himself, added, “I just don’t believe government is the answer for that type of stuff.”

In 2008 Obama won Hamilton County, normally a Republican stronghold, by 21,000 votes—thanks to enthusiasm among union workers and African-Americans, and an apparent lack of excitement for Sen. McCain among conservative voters. Four years later, the Obama presidency’s effect has been to energize Republicans.

“The enthusiasm against Obama is just overwhelming,” said Will Riddle, a 34-year-old evangelical who moved to Cincinnati from Boston four years ago to assist with a church plant. Last Friday night Riddle and a friend, volunteering for the Ohio Christian Alliance, dropped off voter’s guides at 60 area churches in a blitz that began at 6:30 and finished at 11:30. Riddle planned to work as a poll watcher for the Romney campaign on Tuesday.

“It’s very clear to me that Obama has a Marxist agenda for America,” he said. “I’m just looking for any opportunity to slow this train down.”

Ohio’s polls will close at 7:30 EST on Tuesday evening. As of Friday, more than 1.6 million Ohioans had already voted early or mailed in absentee ballots, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office.

Daniel James Devine
Daniel James Devine

Daniel is a reporter for WORLD who covers science, technology, and other topics in the Midwest from his home base in Indiana. Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanJamDevine.

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