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Early voting that drew long lines ends in Ohio

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published November 05. 2012 4:00PM   Updated November 06. 2012 6:24PM
Paul Vernon and Charles Dharapak/AP Photos
President Barack Obama, left image, waves to supporters before leaving Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, after arriving for a campaign stop in Columbus, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, gives two thumbs up as he boards his campaign plane after a Florida campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport, in Sanford, Fla., Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, en route to Virginia

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Early voting has ended in battleground Ohio, and now it's up to voters at the polls on Election Day.

In the Democratic stronghold of Cleveland, there was a festival atmosphere around the early voting location at the county elections board, with music blaring across the street, vendors selling political buttons and hot dogs. Jesse Jackson worked the crowd.

Hundreds of people were lined up around the corner as the final day of early voting wrapped up Monday afternoon.

The Cuyahoga County elections board only confirmed Sunday that power had been restored to the last of the polling places blacked out by superstorm Sandy last week.

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