Romney to launch final campaign blitz with major Ohio rally Friday

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will begin his final leg of the campaign on Friday by hosting a rally in Ohio alongside a battery of high-profile Republican surrogates before sending them to stump for him in battleground states. 

Romney “will be joined by nearly 100 governors, senators, mayors, and more,” the campaign announced Wednesday in a statement. “Following the rally, from Friday to Monday, these supporters will travel the country in groups to campaign in eleven states.”

Among the surrogates who will join Romney and running mate Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Trump ‘met expectations’ at the debate Reid: Dems 'likely' to block spending bill Senate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal MORE (R-Wis.) at the “Real Republican Road Rally” in West Chester, Ohio, are former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioGlenn Beck: I was wrong about Ted Cruz Senate rivals gear up for debates Rubio: End of Obama's term could be 'most damaging yet' MORE (Fla.), John McCainJohn McCainNBC's Lester Holt emerges from debate bruised and partisan Pundits react: Clinton won first debate Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria MORE (Ariz.), Rob PortmanRob PortmanDems kill more ads in Ohio Senate rivals gear up for debates Funding bill includes million for opioid crisis MORE (Ohio), John ThuneJohn ThuneOvernight Tech: Tech pushes for debate spotlight | Disney may bid for Twitter | Dem seeks Yahoo probe Google backs Obama's internet transition plan Week ahead in tech: Key test for FCC's TV-box plan MORE (S.D.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamShutdown risk grows over Flint Senate poised to override Obama veto Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria MORE (S.C.) and Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteGOP senators hit FBI on early probe of NY bomber Senate rivals gear up for debates WATCH LIVE: Warren campaigns for Clinton in NH MORE (N.H.).

The announcement of the Friday rally comes a day after both presidential campaigns were forced to scale back activities as Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast. 

The campaign is set to resume Wednesday, though, with Romney slated to attend a trio of events in Florida. President Obama will remain in Washington to continue to monitor the recovery efforts from Sandy.

Ohio is seen as crucial to both campaigns’ Electoral College math, and polls this week have shown the battleground state remains a toss-up. Without Ohio, the path to victory narrows dramatically for both candidates, and no modern Republican candidate has lost the state and gone on to win the presidency. 

From the West Chester rally, the Romney surrogates will spread out through 11 states, stumping for the GOP nominee until Election Day.