DECISION: OHIO Globe reporter Scott Helman and Globe photographer Dina Rudick, both from Ohio, headed home to take stock of the swing state as the election nears. Tag along with them below.
Day 1: The factory town
Video Talking to voters in Lordstown, Ohio
Though Lordstown, Ohio, has a GM plant that keeps the local economy strong, the past several weeks of economic turmoil has stirred anxieties in the area. (Boston Globe)
DAY 2: The exurb
Video Voters in the exurbs of Columbus
The exurbs north of Columbus are home to voters crucial to both parties' success in November, but the fast-growing areas are hard to pin down politically. Many Ohioans still remain undecided. (Boston Globe)
DAY 3: The country
Video Talking to voters in Shawnee, Ohio
To many in Shawnee, Ohio, neither candidate is offering any real hope. Robert Peyton, 62, left, said "the poor man's getting poorer and the rich man's getting richer" so there's no reason to vote. (Boston Globe)
DAY 4: The college town
Video Liberals make inroads at Miami, Ohio
Democrats have made inroads at Miami University in Southwestern Ohio, long a Republican stronghold. (By Scott Helman, Boston Globe)
DAY 5: The city
Video Decision Ohio: The city
African-American voters in Over-the-Rhine, an economically troubled Cincinnati neighborhood, say they support Barack Obama not because of his skin color, but because of his ideas. (By Scott Helman, Boston Globe)
Even in Lordstown, an auto plant town largely sheltered from the economic downturn, anxieties are creeping in.
The fast-growing areas north of Columbus feature many undecided voters.
Fatalism has invaded the economically depressed rural southeastern Ohio foothills, where many don't even plan on voting.
Democrats have made inroads at Miami University, in the heart of Republican country.
Over-the-Rhine, in Cincinnati, is one of the best-known black neighborhoods in the city.