On Wednesday, Senator Rob Portman (R) visited Fayette county in Ohio as part of a four-stop tour to encourage Ohioans to vote early. He spoke with supporters, who are making phone calls to remind people to vote early or return their absentee ballots.
Earlier Wednesday, Sen. Portman and Gov. John Kasich stopped at get-out-the-vote centers in Clark, Union and Franklin counties. This tour is part of a larger effort by the Romney campaign to encourage early voting among their supporters, which has visited 70 counties since October 2.
Historical trends suggest that Democrats have a large advantage in early voting in most states, but that Republicans usually make up most or all of that gap on election day. Several Republican Governors have passed laws changing the early voting rules in their states this year, in the interest of preventing voter fraud. Democrats have accused them of playing politics to prevent Democratic voters from voting.