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On the ground in Ohio: Jay Rey reports from Lake County

By Jay Rey

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio -- All eyes are on Ohio today.

So we're watching it, too.

The Buckeye State is considered crucial for President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney to claim victory in this election, so The Buffalo News sent me down the Thruway to talk to Ohio voters throughout the day to get a sense of what they're thinking and how they're voting.

Destination: Lake County.

It's a small middle-class county in Ohio along the shores of Lake Erie that you may only know from passing through on your way to Cleveland.

But the folks here have a knack for choosing correctly when it comes to the presidential election.

The day starts early with the polls opening at 6:30 a.m. and closing at 7:30 p.m. We'll try to get a variety of voters from different parts of the county, including Mentor, Painesville and Madison.

We'll also check in a couple times with News reporter Brian Meyer during the live election webcast and try to answer a few of your questions this afternoon during an online chat with reporter Mary Pasciak. 

Update: Here's the first report from this afternoon's webcast.


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