So who will win Ohio? Signs that could point to an Obama victory include Chrysler's hiring of more than 1,100 new workers at a Toledo complex, GM's pumping of $220 million into its local operation, and green energy ventures making a play in the state. On the other hand, the auto industry comeback may be a limited success, as auto-related employment remains below pre-recession levels and is less than half the 155,000 employed in 2000. And efforts to diversify into new industries have made limited progress. If Romney can turn discontent over the pace and permanence of the recovery into votes, he could be victorious in Ohio. The only certainty is that Ohio remains a bellwether -- and a close call.
Left: An autoworker takes a picture of the first Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan to come off the assembly line at a ceremony inside the GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio.