Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice on road to support their candidates

Bill Clinton and Condoleezza Rice will hold high-profile events in the hotly contested battleground state of Ohio, as the Obama and Romney camps looks to solidify support.

Ohio and its 18 electoral votes are the centerpieces of the current presidential election. President Barack Obama’s path back to the White House is much simpler with Ohio in the Democrats’ win column.

The Romney team is very much aware that no GOP candidate has won the presidency without taking Ohio.

On Wednesday, Condoleezza Rice will appear with vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan at a rally at Baldwin Wallace University outside of Cleveland.

On Thursday, President Clinton will appear with singer Bruce Springsteen at Cuyahoga Community College, West College, in Parma, Ohio. The pair will also make an appearance in Iowa later in the day.

Public opinion polls have swung wildly in Ohio in the past few weeks, with the state too close to call at the moment.

According to Real Clear Politics, President Obama has a 2.2 percent lead in consensus polling, which is well within the margin of error.

The Toledo Blade says 70 cities in Ohio have received some type of presidential campaign visit since June.  Campaign spending levels are nearing $100 million in the Buckeye state.

In a pre-election skirmish on Tuesday, the Democrats won a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court that allows early voting in Ohio to continue through the weekend prior to the election.

The GOP argues the early-voting extension encouraged voter fraud.

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