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Published: Monday, 3/3/2008

Clinton makes a pre-dawn visit to Toledo Jeep workers on primary eve

BLADE STAFF

In a sign of how important Ohio is to her presidential election hopes, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton was up before dawn Monday to greet the morning shift at the Toledo Jeep factory.

Mrs. Clinton is wrapping up a swing through Ohio on the eve of the state s primary election Tuesday, and was set to speak to a rally at the University of Toledo before leaving for Texas.

She faces Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the primary, and is hoping for victories in Ohio and Texas to turn back Mr. Obama rather than to end his winning streak in the race for the nomination.

Mrs. Clinton met workers at the Chrysler LLC s Jeep assembly plant in North Toledo between 5:30 and 6 a.m. About 500 people arrived for the shift change. They shook hands with Mrs. Clinton, some embraced her, and some pledged to support her in Tuesday s election.

• Polls in Ohio are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

• To read a complete list of what s on the ballot, go to www.sos.state.oh.us.

• Voters should bring a picture identification, such as an Ohio driver s license, or bring a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government document, or paycheck with their name and current address.

• Voters in Lucas County and several area counties will use electronic voting machines but may request a paper optical-scan ballot instead.

• Ohio s primary is an open primary, meaning that voters may request a Republican or Democratic ballot no matter their

previous political party affiliation.

• Voters may also request an issues only ballot.

VOTERS GUIDE

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: Primary judgment: Tuesday's Ohio contests, plus 3 other states may decide nominations

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TOLEDO - SCHOOL ISSUE: TPS asks voters to back levy renewal

NORTHWEST OHIO - COUNTY RACES: Incumbents, newcomers vie for area positions

NORTHWEST OHIO - LEGISLATIVE RACES: Intraparty fights taking shape for state Senate seats

LUCAS COUNTY - GOP CENTRAL COMMITTEE RACES: Activist's recruits pursue dozens of Republican precinct positions

CONGRESS - OHIO'S 5TH DISTRICT: Latta to square off against 2 from GOP in bid to keep post

NORTHWEST OHIO - SCHOOL ISSUES: Pike-Delta-York, McComb seek building funds

NORTHWEST OHIO - BALLOT PROPOSALS: Seneca County Courthouse restoration tops issues in region

SUBURBAN TOLEDO - BALLOT ISSUES: Sylvania area levies seek funding for services, recreational facilities

SUBURBAN TOLEDO - SCHOOL ISSUES: Genoa district officials pursue money to pay for new facilities

OHIO SUPREME COURT: High court candidates look to fall

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PHOTO GALLERIES

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VIEW: Hillary Clinton visits Ohio

VIEW: Ohio primary photos

COMING UP

VIEW: Ohio Web site

VIEW: Ohio Democrats

VIEW: Ohio GOP


DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: Aug. 25-28, Denver, Colorado

GOP CONVENTION: Sept. 1-4, Saint Paul, Minnesota

ELECTION DAY: Nov. 4

INAUGURATION DAY: Jan. 20, 2009



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