For Romney, an Ohio win gives him more momentum after his wins in Michigan and Arizona. A Santorum victory throws Romney's status as front runner in further doubt and serves to prolong an already stretched-out race.
Many local Republicans hope Tuesday's results - 437 delegates are up for grabs, including 66 from Ohio - finally push Republicans behind one candidate.
"I think all the coverage has heightened interest among Republicans, but I think they've had about enough of it," said Hurst, who chairs the Lorain County Republican Party. "After a while it hits the saturation point and they just want to get it done and move on to November."