“Battleground Patriots” Push For Votes In Crucial Ohio

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WHNT)-The polls are tight and the ground game is intense in the all important swing state of Ohio, and Alabama Republicans are doing their part in a massive get out the vote operation in the Buckeye State.

Volunteers with the GOP-sponsored “Battleground Patriots” continued to pound the pavement in suburban Dayton Friday, slogging through rain and chilly temperatures in hopes of cranking out a few more votes for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

The one-hundred plus member battleground brigade includes a grandfather-grandson duo from Athens. 15 year old Bailey Black and his grandfather Olen Britnell visited more than 50 homes in Beavercreek, Ohio, chatting up voters who could end up deciding who wins the White House.

“The state has been great so far,” said Black, a sophomore at Athens Bible School who ended up getting an invitation to go at the last minute. “The people who I’ve met going door-to-door have been great…Most of them have been saying that they will vote for Romney.”

Olen Britnell called the trip an educational opportunity on civic duty for his grandson.

“I hope he understands that every vote counts, and that campaigning is hard work,” said Britnell. 

Recent polls from  Ohio have shown the race between President Obama and Governor 
Romney to be a dead heat. Ohio has picked the winning candidate in the last 12 elections, the longest streak of any state in the Union.

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