COLUMBUS, Ohio - President Barack Obama will return to Ohio next week in the aftermath of the first presidential debate with Republican Mitt Romney.
The Obama campaign said Thursday the president will stay in Colorado for a campaign event the day after the Oct. 3 evening debate at the University of Denver, then leave one battleground state for another.
Obama will have an Oct. 4 evening rally in Columbus, and a rally Friday in Cleveland. No other details have been released yet.
Both Obama and Romney campaigned in Ohio on Wednesday, with recent polls indicating the Democratic president has widened his lead in a state that could be crucial for Romney. Romney and running mate Paul Ryan appeared at a series of Ohio events over three days this week.
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