GOP contender Romney to visit Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio Republican officials say presidential contender Mitt Romney is coming to Cincinnati to support efforts to pass statewide ballot issues on public employee bargaining and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

GOP officials say Romney is expected to stop by a suburban phone bank center on Tuesday to thank volunteers who are working on the pushes for Issues 2 and 3.

A yes vote on 2 will uphold legislation adding restrictions to collective bargaining by public employees. Issue 3 would allow Ohioans to opt out of the coverage mandate in Obama's health care plan, which is also being challenged in federal court cases.

Ohio's importance in the GOP presidential nomination race has faded with a new plan to delay the state's primary until June 12.