Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman was optimistic that his home state is will back Mitt Romney for the presidency.

"I like what I see, because the trend is in our direction," he said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press.

Polls have shown the Buckeye State race tightening, after President Obama had held a significant advantage there for much of the campaign. He won the state handily over John McCain four years ago.

"The enthusiasm and energy is on our side this year," Portman said. "It's not like 2008 at all."

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