“Battleground Patriots” Return to Alabama

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- After three full days campaigning in Ohio, a group of more than 100 Mitt Romney supporters from Alabama returned home.

They call themselves the Battleground Patriots, and spent several days knocking on doors in the swing state which may decide who wins the presidency.

No Republican candidate for the White House has ever won without winning Ohio.

Several dozen supporters with Romney-Ryan signs and large American flags waited outside the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to cheer for the buses as they arrived.

"I came out here to welcome these patriots back, that went out to try to get out the vote in Ohio, trying to get votes for the Romney-Ryan campaign," John Como said.

WHNT News 19's Nick Banaszak was embedded with the Battleground Patriots for the trip. Click here to read his blog.

Como planned to go on the trip but a family member's medical issue kept him at home.

"I think it's a great thing.  I don't think we've ever done anything like this before.  I think that congressman [Mo] Brooks did a good thing in getting us up there to help in Ohio," he said.

It was a triumphant return home for those who went, and they were grateful for the crowd.

"It's good to see the people," Jim Patterson said.

"I'm telling you, there's a passion right now to get our country turned around."

Patterson said he hopes to spend some of the next week assisting the campaign of John Raese, a Republican candidate for the Senate from West Virginia.

He also anticipates there will be more bus trips like this in the future.

"We're going to do this in 2014, and 16," Patterson said.

"We've got a real red state and we've got to go over and multiply ourselves in other states, but Ohio is swinging our way big time."

Congressman Mo Brooks said at this point, the battle is not over undecided voters, but about getting Romney supporters to go to the polls and he said the volunteers emphasized the option for Ohio voters to vote early.

This group is confident the majority of voters support the challenger.

"Ohio's turning our way big time, I mean it's looking a lot better, the momentum is on our side," Patterson said.

"We knocked on over 25,000 doors through this group right here.  We did a lot of good, getting a lot of people to go to the polls early to vote, and it's just exciting."

The Battleground Patriots concluded their trip Saturday evening with a visit from vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

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