The way Ohio votes on Tuesday could very well decide this year's presidential election.
Ohioans have every reason to vote for Mitt Romney for president on Tuesday. The past three-and-one-half years under President Barack Obama have been tough ones for Ohio. Fewer Ohioans have jobs than when Obama took office. More state residents live in poverty.
Those fortunate enough to have jobs are earning less.
Romney has a detailed plan to put Ohioans and other Americans back to work at good jobs. Though his program includes a 59-point strategy, it has been distilled to five points:
Achieve energy independence, with emphasis on North American oil, natural gas and coal.
Improve education and job training.
Curb unfair trade practices such as those that have devastated the U.S. steel industry.
Reduce the government spending deficit and tackle the national debt.
Cut taxes and regulations to champion small businesses.
It is a formula almost tailor-made for the Buckeye State. Compare that with nearly four years of Obama's failures:
Ohio's unemployment rate is 7 percent, but at least some of the drop is because many Buckeye State residents have simply given up trying to find work. In fact, 70,680 fewer Ohioans have jobs than when Obama became president.
Though Obama claims he is making progress, September figures show 25,516 fewer Ohioans working than in April.
Ohio's poverty rate has increased to 15.1 percent, from 13.5 percent when Obama took office.
The median income in Ohio has fallen by $3,459 since Obama entered the White House.
Doubt the numbers: Consider that they come from the very federal agencies Obama oversees.
Romney's plan can help. Obama's big government strategy, despite his claims, has failed. If Ohioans really want to move forward, they will vote for Mitt Romney on Tuesday.