+ Reporter Michael Wooten is covering the campaign event in Portsmouth -- and will be sending in updates from his cell phone via Twitter. Check it out in the right column, and refresh this page often for the latest information from the event.
Ohio's primary is March 4th, and although the heavy majority of Democratic primary votes will come from Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and other urban areas -- Ohio's sprawling Appalachian region could be pivotal to Hillary Clinton's hopes of holding off her opponent for the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama.
Some 1.5 million people are scattered across about the region.
The former president also has a planned stop Friday in New Philadelphia, in the region's northeastern portion.
Ohio University political analyst Michael McTeague describes the region's voters as mostly traditionalists.
He says some will have issues with a black candidate and others with a female candidate.