Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said he's confident about President Obama's chances in the Buckeye State, despite polls that show a slight tightening in the race after Obama's lackluster performance in the first presidential debate.
"The latest poll that I see has the president at 51 to 45 or 56 percent, and I'll take that," Strickland said during an ABC News/Yahoo News livestream show on Thursday. "Ohio's a closely contested state. It will be a very close election, but any time the president is over 50 percent, I'm a happy guy."
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Strickland, an Obama surrogate, said that the Ohio economy is recovering thanks to Obama's policies, which has helped boost the president in voters' minds.
"The president and this administration I think has been really good for Ohio," Strickland said. "We're back on track and Ohioans understand that."