Obama wins Ohio, captures most important battleground state
By Michael Finnegan
November 6, 2012, 8:21 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – President Obama won Ohio on Tuesday, capturing the electoral battleground that Mitt Romneyneeded more than any other in his quest to oust the Democratic incumbent, according to exit polls for the Associated Press and news networks.

By laying claim to Ohio’s 18 electoral votes, Obama all but ensured his reelection after a grueling campaign against his Republican rival, the former governor of Massachusetts.

The results in Ohio appeared to vindicate Obama’s tireless pursuit of the white working-class voters who dominate the state’s election landscape.

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