Ohio city hard hit in recession in GOP spotlight

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WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- A southwest Ohio city pounded by a mass job loss during the recession returns to the national spotlight this weekend on the eve of the March 6 presidential primaries.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will tape a Fox News show Saturday at the Wilmington Air Park, with candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich expected to participate. Romney plans to be in Wilmington in the morning, greeting voters.

The city of some 12,000 people was hit hard three years ago when DHL Express moved its package delivery operations from the air park, affecting some 8,000 jobs.

Clinton County's unemployment rate in the latest estimates topped 11 percent, more than three points higher than statewide.

Comedian Jay Leno, cooking host Rachael Ray and commentator Glenn Beck have done shows here.