9/25/2012, "Romney, Obama zero in on Ohio, a GOP must-win," by Charles Babington and Kasie Hunt, Vandalia, Ohio
"Romney is scrambling to reverse the polls that show Obama ahead....But he's having mixed success with his chief target: white, working-class voters who are socially conservative and often have union backgrounds. A generation ago they were called "Reagan Democrats."...He is having trouble connecting with middle-class Ohioans."...
12/22/2012, “The story behind Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential campaign to President Obama," Boston Globe, Michael Kranish
329,000 fewer whites voted in Ohio in 2012 than in 2008 per calculations of Romney pollster Neil Newhouse.
"“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to...run,” said Tagg (Romney's son), who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place...he would have been ecstatic to step aside.""...
Ohio 2012: Romney vs Obama
Final popular vote in Ohio 2012: Obama, 2,827,621. Romney: 2,661,407
Final 2012 electoral map from Real Clear Politics