Latest polls have President Obama with a sizable lead over
presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Ohio. Less than a month before
the election, however, early absentee ballot requests show
Republicans have narrowed the gap in every county on record in the
Research done through the University of Dayton finds two of the
most populated counties, Franklin and Summit, are on track to
narrow the gap of absentee ballots by 10 percent and 27 percent,
Phil Burress, president of the Ohio-based Citizens for Community
Values, tells OneNewsNow the news is encouraging, but he is not
surprised, as he does not trust the polls.
"The thing about Ohio that most people do not understand is that
there are 88 counties, and 72 of them are 'red,' conservative,
pro-family, pro-life counties -- and if they show up to vote, then
they win every time," he says.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) sent a letter to voters
encouraging them to vote early. Husted has said he projects 45
percent of them will do so. Burress concurs.
"It is mostly older people, senior citizens who have taken
advantage of that in the past," he notes.
"It has been liberals and the left that have taken advantage of
that. But as predicted, because everyone now has the opportunity to
vote early, most of the time it will be conservatives who will vote
early. So we do expect, in fact, that the election could be over by
Burress said his organization visits 15 to 25 churches daily in
rural areas of the state where citizens want to see a change in the
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