COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Although polls show President Barack Obama running strong in Ohio, Mitt Romney's campaign is predicting victory in the all-important state.

No Republican has ever won the presidency without carrying Ohio.

Romney political director Rich Beeson, in a memo written with the campaign's Ohio director, argues that several factors are working in Romney's favor in the Buckeye State.

Campaigning today in Ohio for Romney, Arizona Sen. John McCain wouldn't go so far as to predict a Romney victory in the state. McCain told the Associated Press that all eyes will be on Ohio, and that from the polling he's been seeing, we could be up late.

McCain says he can draw a scenario under which Romney could win without Ohio -- but, in his words, it's a very, very difficult path.

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