WASHINGTON (AP) - The AFL-CIO says it has registered more than 450,000 new voters from union households in a bid to help President Barack Obama win reelection.
The tally includes about 68,000 new voters in Ohio, 1 of the most contested battleground states this year. The labor federation registered thousands of other union-friendly voters in swing states like Colorado and Nevada.
Voters from union homes have traditionally favored Democratic candidates. Exit polls show 59% of voters who lived in union households backed Obama in 2008, while 39% supported Republican John McCain.
That trend is expected to continue this year in light of high-profile efforts by Republican leaders to weaken collective bargaining rights in Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana and other states.
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