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Some Ohio voters camp out to cast their ballot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -

Eager voters across the state of Ohio voted early for president, U.S. Senate and other races.           

According to the Associated Press, some voters camped out overnight at polling places to mark Tuesday's start of early voting for the Nov. 6 election. Ohioans can vote by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

Elections officials in Franklin County said roughly 9,500 fewer people voted in person or requested an absentee ballot on Tuesday compared with opening day in 2008.           

President Barack Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, greeted people waiting to vote in Cleveland. Robinson said he was there to support his family and the country.           

First lady Michelle Obama visited Cincinnati, while Republican Mitt Romney's campaign launched a get-out-the-vote bus tour in southwest Ohio and elsewhere. 

The first Presidential debate is set for Wednesday night.

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