Ohio - a must win

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Ohio - a must win

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Four days to go and counting before America chooses its next president.

John McCain hits the key mid-west battleground state of Ohio, widely seen as a microcosm of the American electorate.

For McCain a must win. No Republican candidate has ever won the White House without taking Ohio.

“I know history. I know the last time anyone was elected the president of the US without carrying the state of Ohio, was John F. Kennedy. My friends, we are going to carry Ohio and we are going to win the presidency and we need you out there working every single moment for the next 5 days,’‘ declared McCain.

George Bush won Ohio in 2000 and in 2004, but the Democrats are more optimistic this time with real concerns over job security. The state has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country.

Barack Obama enjoys a narrow lead in the state, even if he failed to beat Hillary Clinton here in the democrat primaries.

Whoever takes Ohio knows they should be sitting in the White House come next week.