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'Operation Ohio' Hits Italy's Election Campaign

Election volunteers swarm a swing state that may decide the race
Bersani (right) campaigning in Lombardy
Bersani (right) campaigning in LombardyPhotograph by Max de Santis/Splash News

On a bright winter morning in Monza, a town near Milan in Italy’s Lombardy region, a few dozen young political activists walk through neighborhoods rustling up votes for their candidate, Pier Luigi Bersani, head of the center-left Democratic Party. Many of the volunteers have traveled from distant cities. “The idea was to come where it’s really needed,” says Elly Schlein, who took a bus from Bologna, some 140 miles away. “Everybody is realizing that Lombardy is where the game will be played.”

Photograph by Steven Senne/AP Photo