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Think Ohio wasn't a swing state in the 2012 presidential election? Think again. Certainly Ohio Tire and Automotive Association (OTAA) executives know how important the state was on Nov. 6.

A day earlier, OTAA board member John Marshall and Executive Director Gordon Gough were interviewed by British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) about the election.

BSkyB, one of the largest cable broadcasters in the United Kingdom, dispatched several reporters to a number of states, including Ohio, to monitor the election.

Ohio had been the prime battleground for President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the majority of their campaigns, which had brought plenty of attention from media all over the world. Gough says approximately 11 million viewers across the Atlantic watched the election coverage, including the interviews regarding the OTAA.

During the interview, Marshall and Gough shed some light on key issues the automotive industry faces on a daily basis.

“The automotive retail and wholesale industries are the life-line for many of Ohio’s businesses, and families," said Marshall. "There are many key issues that need to be addressed over the next four years, and we can only hope that Ohio will vote for what will make this state more business friendly.”

Marshall is president of Dayton, Ohio-based Grismer Tire Co.

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