As President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney wind up their 2012 campaigns for the White House, it all comes down to Ohio.
Ohio’s reputation as a critical win for any presidential candidate is hardly new. In 1944, LIFE magazine devoted several pages to a feature titled, simply, “Political Ohio,” paying tribute to the state’s place at the very heart of each and every national election.
Pictured: Senator Robert A. Taft, “the intellectual leader of the Republican Party in Ohio” (LIFE).

As President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney wind up their 2012 campaigns for the White House, it all comes down to Ohio.

Ohio’s reputation as a critical win for any presidential candidate is hardly new. In 1944, LIFE magazine devoted several pages to a feature titled, simply, “Political Ohio,” paying tribute to the state’s place at the very heart of each and every national election.

Pictured: Senator Robert A. Taft, “the intellectual leader of the Republican Party in Ohio” (LIFE).

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    my state.. you better make the right decision ohio (aka pick obama!)
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