In the swing state of Ohio, it appears Texas Rep. Ron Paul's grassroots following has taken hold.
A Fox News Poll released Thursday shows in a head-to-head matchup, Ohio voters prefer Paul to Obama 42 percent to 41 percent. "Ohio voters, like all voters, are concerned about our nation's future and understand that Congressman Paul is the best person to be our next president, as he will enact real spending cuts and put us back on the path to prosperity," campaign chairman Jesse Benton says.
Paul's not the only candidate overpowering Obama in Ohio polls, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney performs well against the president, beating him 44 percent to 38 percent.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's blue collar background also resonates with voters in Ohio, who've seen a loss of manufacturing and jobs in the state. Santorum overtakes Obama 43 percent to 40 percent.
Winning Ohio will be a major victory in 2012. Ohio played a critical role in the 2008 election outcome, marking a strategic victory for the Democrats who not only won with Obama, but earned two hotly contested congressional seats and won control of the Ohio House for the first time since 1994.
It appears four years later, the Obama campaign has lost it's grip on the Buckeye state. The only candidate the president polls better than is former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who earned 37 percent of the vote, while Obama won 43 percent.