Obama's OU Visit Marks Fifth College Stop

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Associated Press
Bethany Venable

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Updated Wed, Oct 17, 2012 2:16 pm

The presidential campaign is going back to school in Ohio, stepping up competition for college voters in the swing state.               

Democratic President Barack Obama heads Wednesday to Ohio University in Athens, while Mitt Romney's GOP running mate Paul Ryan has a rally earlier at Baldwin Wallace University near Cleveland.              

Ohio University will be the fifth Ohio college Obama has visited in less than a month. Romney and Ryan also have recently visited several Ohio campuses.              

Exit polling in 2008 indicated Obama won two-thirds of the vote among college-age adults as he carried Ohio. Obama officially kicked off his re-election campaign in May at Ohio State University.              

Ryan is a Wisconsin congressman who went to Miami University in Ohio. That was one of his first stops as Romney's vice presidential pick.

Obama's visit is forcing the closure of several roadways.

Doors open to the Athens campaign event at 3 p.m., with spectators passing through airport-like security measures.

The president is expected to speak at 6 p.m.

WOUB News will carry complete coverage of the president's stop in Athens, as well as stream the event live.

Slideshow: Obama in Athens

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