Michelle Obama fills in as candidate visits ailing grandmother

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- With the Democratic presidential candidate visiting his ill grandmother in Hawaii, his wife has been campaigning for him in Ohio.

Michelle Obama told an audience in Columbus that her husband isn't paying attention to favorable polls. She says he'll campaign like he's 20 points behind.

She's also urging supporters in the state to take advantage of early voting.

Barack Obama was to have been in Ohio himself today. However, he left the campaign trail because his grandmother is described as "gravely ill." Madelyn Dunham helped raise Obama.

The candidate told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he wants to make sure he doesn't miss the opportunity to see her while "she's still get all her faculties." He has said that he missed a chance to visit his mother just before she died and didn't want to repeat the mistake.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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