Ohio Might Matter as Much as Other States Combined

It's close to being a 'must-win' for each candidate: Nate Silver
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2012 4:40 PM CDT
Ohio Might Matter as Much as Other States Combined
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden greet each other on stage during a joint campaign event at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – If you live in Ohio and aren't a big fan of political ads, you'd be well advised to turn off your TV for two weeks. Consider this stat from Nate Silver at the New York Times: He and his numbers minions ran 40,000 Electoral College simulations yesterday, and the candidate who won Ohio won the election 95% of time. So yes, it's possible to lose Ohio this year and still win the White House, but it wouldn't be easy. Concludes Silver: "Unlikely does not equal impossible, but Ohio is central enough in the electoral math that it now seems to matter as much as the other 49 states put together." Read the details here. (Read more Election 2012 stories.)

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