Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan gestures to supporters and campaign workers at a campaign office during the U.S. presidential election in Richmond Heights, Ohio November 6, 2012. [REUTERS/Brian Snyder]
FULL FOCUS: Election Day 2012 in pictures

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan gestures to supporters and campaign workers at a campaign office during the U.S. presidential election in Richmond Heights, Ohio November 6, 2012. [REUTERS/Brian Snyder]

FULL FOCUS: Election Day 2012 in pictures

Obama campaign, Democrats raise record $181 million in September
Photo:President Obama visits West Side Market while campaigning in Cleveland, Ohio on October 5, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama campaign, Democrats raise record $181 million in September

Photo:President Obama visits West Side Market while campaigning in Cleveland, Ohio on October 5, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Stump Buzz Ohio: The National to headline Obama fundraiser in Cincinnati

Music group The National and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will headline a fundraiser benefiting President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in Cincinnati on October 5, a donor to the campaign said.

Photo: Matt Berninger of the National performs at Virgin Mobile Free Fest, in Columbia, Maryland on August 30, 2009. REUTERS/Bill Auth

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney climbs on a picnic table to address the overflowing crowd outside a campaign rally in Mansfield, Ohio on September 10, 2012. 

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A federal judge issued a ruling overturning early voting restrictions in Ohio, handing a victory to President Obama’s campaign, which had argued that the restrictions disproportionately hurt Democrats.

Ohio, a prized swing state, allows voting in person to begin on October 2. But the state cut off early balloting on the Friday before Election Day, except for members of the military, saying that would prevent fraud and give election boards time to prepare for voting.

In granting a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus wrote that lawyers for Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted failed to “articulate a precise compelling interest” in establishing a Friday deadline for non-military voters.

"On balance, the right of Ohio voters to vote in person during the last three days prior to Election Day — a right previously conferred to all voters by the state — outweighs the state’s interest in setting a 6 p.m. deadline," Economus wrote.

READ ON: Court overturns Ohio early voting restrictions in win for Democrats

President Obama has the edge over Mitt Romney in three key battleground states in large part because voters find him more likable than Romney, a poll released today found.

Quinnipiac University’s survey of more than 3,500 likely voters found Obama ahead by 11 percentage points in Pennsylvania (53 to 42 percent), and 6 percentage points in both Ohio (50 to 44 percent) and Florida (51 to 45 percent). Obama won all three states in the 2008 presidential election.

READ MORE: Obama ahead in three key states, poll shows


Photo credit: Obama shakes hands at a campaign event in Mansfield, Ohio, August 1, 2012. Reuters/Larry