Obama to tour eastern Ohio to discuss economy

CLEVELAND (AP) - Barack Obama is set to campaign through eastern Ohio today -- just a few days after a weekend of appearances in Dublin, Lima and Toledo.

Obama didn't fare well in the March primary in eastern Ohio -- the tip of Appalachia and one of the state's economically troubled areas. But his campaign has promised to concede no part of the state during the general election.

The Democratic presidential nominee will be in New Philadelphia this morning. Later, he'll attend a barbecue in Dillonvale, a village of less than 1,000 people near the Ohio River.

Ohio State professor Paul Beck says Ohio's Appalachian region is up for grabs. He says the voters who backed Hillary Clinton in March could be kept on the Democratic side -- especially if Obama gets help from Governor Strickland, the former congressman from Appalachia.

Source: Associated Press