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Governors tie in census wager

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governors who made a contest out of it say people in Ohio and Michigan have been equally good about returning their 2010 U.S. Census forms.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Michigan's Jennifer Granholm declared a tie in their bet to see which state would have a higher mail-in participation rate for the census. Census officials say 75 percent of households in both states completed and sent back their surveys by Thursday, the Earth Day deadline set by the governors.

The winning state was supposed to donate its official tree for planting in the loser's state on Arbor Day, April 30. The governors now say they'll each plant their own tree on that day.

Strickland says both states are winners, beating the 71 percent U.S. average response rate for the census.

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