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Thousands of students gather as U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a campaign rally at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, October 17, 2012. Obama is campaigning in Iowa and Ohio on Wednesday following the second presidential debate against Mitt Romney on October 16.  REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Fun fact, Athens County was President Barack Obama's second best Ohio county, giving him 66.6 percent of the vote. Only Cuyahoga (Cleveland) was better at 68.9 percent.

There are more pictures below the fold, but before you head on over, let's remember where Ohio early voting stands, courtesy of PPP's most recent Ohio poll:

The key finding on this poll may be how the early voters are breaking out. 19% of people say they've already cast their ballots and they report having voted for Obama by a 76-24 margin. Romney has a 51-45 advantage with those who haven't voted yet, but the numbers make it clear that he already has a lot of ground to make up in the final three weeks before the election.

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at a campaign rally at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, October 17, 2012 Obama is campaigning in Iowa and Ohio on Wednesday following the second presidential debate against Mitt Romney on October 16.   REUTERS/Jason Reed
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, October 17, 2012. Obama is campaigning in Iowa and Ohio on Wednesday following the second presidential debate against Mitt Romney on October 16.  REUTERS/Jason Reed
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, October 17, 2012. Obama is campaigning in Iowa and Ohio on Wednesday following the second presidential debate against Mitt Romney on October 16.      REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Originally posted to kos on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM PDT.

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