Political 'ground games' increasing in Ohio

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Polls show President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are deadlocked in Ohio at 49 percent to 49 percent and political leanings are running high.

Rhetoric online and at events have both parties' supporters going at each other. Most, if not all major Ohio newspapers have made their endorsements already.

On the ground in Northeast Ohio, both campaigns have reported yard sign thefts in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Summit counties, among several others.

Republican headquarters near Solon reported Saturday defaced Romney signs in Solon in the front yard of a Solon Road home with the words "Liar," "Flip-Flop" and "Made in China" as an Obama-Biden sign in the yard remains untouched.

Two weeks ago, a Solon resident reported to police that her two Obama-Biden signs had been stolen from her front yard.

The presidential race in Ohio on the ground is showing no signs of letting up, as both President Obama and Mitt Romney keep their focus on this battleground state.

Although the sports world dubs Ohio the "Cradle of Coaches" for football, Ohio has been home for eight of the 44 U.S. Presidents, more than any other state.

That has earned Ohio the names "Cradle of Presidents" and "Mother of Presidents." 

And some just visit here often. Even former President Bill Clinton returns to Ohio on Monday.

Late Sunday, the White House announced that President Obama will not be attending the Youngstown event on Monday as planned and will be sending Vice President Joe Biden in his place.

The Covelli Centre downtown will be the site of Vice President Biden and former President Bill Clinton's visit Monday afternoon in the Mahoning Valley.

All tickets to the Covelli Centre event have been given away.

Doors to the Covelli Centre will open Monday at 2:30 p.m. Clinton and Biden are expected to arrive at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport around 4 p.m. with the rally to take place as soon as their motorcade arrives.

President Obama is returning to the White House late Sunday as states from the mid-Atlantic to New England braced for what forecasters called a massive storm, according to the White House.

The President also plans to skip campaign events in northern Virginia on Monday and Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

GOP challenger Mitt Romney has canceled planned events in Virginia, and will head to Ohio instead. His first stop Monday will be in Avon Lake Monday morning at Avon Lake High School. 

Related Story: Get tickets: Mitt Romney campaigning in Avon Lake Monday

Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan will be in Ohio Sunday night at events in Marion and Findlay.

Romney will be in Elida, Ohio on Tuesday at the Elida High School Fieldhouse for a 12:15 p.m. event. Get tickets to Elida event

Early voting in Ohio continues through Monday, Nov. 5 at boards of election.

Find your Ohio board of election

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