President Obama talks to WKYC about his message to Ohioans and all voters - even the ones that didn't vote for him.
Under Ohio election codes, Secretary of State Jon Husted has until Dec. 7 to certify the statewide results. Five days later, a recount could begin Dec. 12. Both dates, however, could be moved up -- and would have to be if a particularly close race mandates a recount.
In the 2008 presidential election, nearly 5.8 million Ohioans voted. Assuming the turnout is 6 million this year, which is nearly 52 percent of Ohio's population, a recount would be required if the winning margin is less than 15,000 votes -- a figure bigger than the winning edge in 1976, when Democrat Jimmy Carter defeated President Gerald Ford by only 11,116 votes out of nearly 4.1 million cast.