David Jackson, USA TODAY
October 28. 2012 - Yes, it's a cliche, but it's also very probably true:
It all boils down to Ohio.
Aides to President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both expressed confidence Sunday about the Buckeye State, as their election battle heads into its final nine days.
Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter, appearing on ABC's This Week, said the president's get-out-the-vote effort -- particularly early voting -- will enable him to claim the Ohio's 18 electoral votes.
"We feel pretty good on the ground there," Cutter said. "We feel good about Ohio, we think we are going to win it."
Most polls give Obama a slight edge in the state he carried four years ago, but recent surveys show Romney closing the gap.
The Real Clear Politics website, which averages out a variety of polls, gives Obama a very slight Ohio lead, 48% to 46%.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, whose Republican organization in the state is key to Romney's efforts, told Fox News Sunday there is a "dead heat" in this ultimate swing state.
"I feel like the momentum is on our side," Portman said. "Energy and enthusiasm is with us this year."
Ohio settled the election in 2004, when President George W. Bush edged John Kerry in the Electoral College.
Don't be surprised if Ohio is the decider state again this year.