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Auto bailout could be key to Obama victory in Ohio

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - President Barack Obama's decision to help America's automakers could end up being what helps drive him back into the White House.

Some 850,000 jobs in this critical battleground state are tied to autos and Obama's campaign constantly reminds voters they'd be jobless if not for the decision to inject taxpayer dollars into General Motors and Chrysler.

But the move has not translated to automatic support for the president even in areas that depend on the industry. At the same time, Republican Mitt Romney is pitching these voters hard with his message that Obama hasn't balanced Washington's checkbook the same way voters must.

One in eight jobs in Ohio can be linked to the auto industry, whether it's working on a factory floor or selling groceries to those plant workers.

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