Obama Ohio rally a campaign event for Strickland, Fisher

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) and Senate candidate Lee Fisher (D) are set to appear with President Obama at his lunchtime rally in Columbus, Ohio, Friday.

Obama is traveling to the Buckeye State to mark the start of the 10,000th Recovery Act road project. He'll meet with workers and deliver remarks.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Strickland and Fisher "will be on hand to incorporate Obama's message in their own closely contested election campaigns."

Both Democrats face tough campaigns against their Republican rivals.