DECISION: OHIO
Globe reporter Scott Helman and Globe photographer Dina Rudick, both from Ohio, headed home to take stock of the swing state as the election nears. Tag along with them below.
Day 1: The factory town
Anxiety shadows even economic 'oasis'

Anxiety shadows even economic 'oasis'

Though Lordstown, Ohio, has a GM plant that keeps the local economy strong, the past several weeks of economic turmoil has stirred anxieties in the area. (Boston Globe)
Video Talking to voters in Lordstown, Ohio
DAY 2: The exurb
Rapid growth of exurbs alters the equation

Rapid growth of exurbs alters the equation

The exurbs north of Columbus are home to voters crucial to both parties' success in November, but the fast-growing areas are hard to pin down politically. Many Ohioans still remain undecided. (Boston Globe)
Video Voters in the exurbs of Columbus
DAY 3: The country
Fatalism, cynicism in once-bustling foothills

Fatalism, cynicism in once-bustling foothills

To many in Shawnee, Ohio, neither candidate is offering any real hope. Robert Peyton, 62, left, said "the poor man's getting poorer and the rich man's getting richer" so there's no reason to vote. (Boston Globe)
Video Talking to voters in Shawnee, Ohio
DAY 4: The college town
Conservative campus sees a shift

Conservative campus sees a shift

Democrats have made inroads at Miami University in Southwestern Ohio, long a Republican stronghold. (By Scott Helman, Boston Globe)
Video Liberals make inroads at Miami, Ohio
DAY 5: The city
Neighborhood says its vote goes beyond race

Neighborhood says its vote goes beyond race

African-American voters in Over-the-Rhine, an economically troubled Cincinnati neighborhood, say they support Barack Obama not because of his skin color, but because of his ideas. (By Scott Helman, Boston Globe)
Video Decision Ohio: The city

PHOTOS

The factory town

The factory town

Even in Lordstown, an auto plant town largely sheltered from the economic downturn, anxieties are creeping in.
The exurb

The exurb

The fast-growing areas north of Columbus feature many undecided voters.
The country

The country

Fatalism has invaded the economically depressed rural southeastern Ohio foothills, where many don't even plan on voting.
The college town

The college town

Democrats have made inroads at Miami University, in the heart of Republican country.
The city

The city

Over-the-Rhine, in Cincinnati, is one of the best-known black neighborhoods in the city.