COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Early voting has ended in the battleground state, and now it's up to voters at the polls on Election Day.
In Cleveland, a Democratic stronghold, there was a festival atmosphere around the early voting location at the county elections board, with music blaring across the street and vendors selling political buttons and hot dogs. Jesse Jackson worked the crowd.
Hundreds of people lined up around the corner as the final day of early voting wrapped up Monday afternoon.
Ohio is one of the most pivotal and closely contested battleground states, with most polls showing a very competitive race between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, and President Barack Obama, a Democrat.
Ijeoma Mba, of Cleveland, said she wanted to avoid Election Day polling place problems by voting early.
Rhonda Crawford, a nurse's aide, waited for three hours to cast an early ballot at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in downtown Cincinnati.
"I expected maybe two hours at the most," said Crawford, who added that although she thought the long wait could deter some people she thought the mood in the line was exciting. "A lot of people are out here, and every vote counts."
The Cuyahoga County elections board confirmed only Sunday that power had been restored to the last of the polling places blacked out by superstorm Sandy last week.