August 1, 2014

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No. 1: The presidential campaigns focus on Ohio and visit Lorain County

President Obama visits with Michele and Randy Crnobrnja of Amherst at Ziggy's in Amherst on July 5.

The voters of Lorain County and the rest of Ohio were among the most courted by the campaigns of the top-tier presidential candidates and both President Barack Obama and republican challenger Mitt Romney each made stops in the county this year.

Obama’s first stop was at Lorain County Community College in April and later in the year he stopped for a beer at Ziggy’s in Amherst during a campaign swing through the northern part of the state.

Romney appeared at the shuttered National Gypsum Co. in Lorain a day after Obama’s April visit. The former Massachusetts governor returned to the county in the final days of the election for an appearance at Avon Lake High School.

Vice President Joe Biden also swung through, making a speech at Lorain High School in October.

It wasn’t just candidate visits, the importance of Ohio this election season meant televisions and mailboxes were swamped with campaign advertising.

Mitt Romney speaks in Avon Lake.

And the Obama-Romney match-up wasn’t the only political game in town. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, fended off a challenge from Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in an expensive and nasty campaign that included massive outside spending.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, also defeated U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland, in a fierce March primary after they were placed in the same district by state Republicans last year before winning another term in November.