Vice President Joe Biden will campaign this weekend in Ohio's Appalachian region, an area loaded with white, working-class voters that President Barack Obama's campaign hopes to appeal to in the aftermath of the Democratic National Convention.
The Obama campaign has so far announced rallies in Zanesville in eastern Ohio and the southeastern Ohio college town of Athens.
The mostly rural region has been a swing area within the swing state. Hillary Clinton outpolled Barack Obama there in the 2008 Democratic primary, and Republican John McCain also ran better than Obama in much of the region in the general election, although Obama carried the state.
Biden last week campaigned among auto workers in northeastern Ohio. He was slotted to speak Thursday night at the convention in Charlotte, N.C.
In Athens, Biden will speak at the Athens Community Center near the campus of Ohio University - sports rival of Republican vice presidential nominee PaulRyan's Miami University alma mater. The Athens event is set for 3:30 p.m. The Zanesville rally earlier Saturday will be at an elementary school.