It has been a political trophy for candidates courting this state’s diverse electorate, seen as a reflection of the state of the country, and has provided a reliable four-year gauge of American spirits.
Four years after conquering Ohio and winning the U.S. presidency, Republican Donald Trump needs again the support of disenchanted democrats of this key state if he wants to win a second term in the White House.
For generations Ohio (Northeast) has been a political trophy for candidates courting this state’s diverse electorate, which is considered a reflection of the state of the country and has provided a reliable four-year gauge of American mood.
Trump has visited the state twice in six weeks. And while his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, has not made Ohio his priority in the strategy to win the November 3 election, this territory remains a tantalizing opportunity.
Former Vice President Biden launched television campaign ads in Ohio, and will coincide with Trump in the city of Cleveland on Tuesday for his first presidential debate.
Trump’s broken promise to regain manufacturing jobs, a strategy that helped him conquer several central-northeast states in the 2016 election, leaves the Republican in a difficult situation against Biden in Ohio.
“Up to this point, I really don’t know who I’m going to vote for,” Joe Rosky, a retired firefighter, a lifelong Democrat who supported Trump in previous elections, told AFP.
Trump “You are making promises that you cannot keep in any wayRosky added at a restaurant near the city of Youngstown, regarding the president’s insistence that he has revitalized the economically depressed corners of the state.
The leakage of jobs in and around Youngstown, a historically Democratic region, began in the 1970s cwith the closure of huge steel factories, and it hasn’t stopped.
In 2016, thousands of Youngstown-area Democrats rallied with Trump, helping him win Ohio by eight percentage points.
“Donald Trump took advantage of the emotion of the people that she was frustrated with her lot in life, “said David Betras, former chairman of the Democratic Party in Mahoning County, whose largest city is Youngstown.
“When you’re thirsty, you drink dirty water, because at least it’s water,” he illustrated.
Biden waged a strong campaign to convince the Ohio electorate with his economic revitalization plan, “but I don’t think I can win” this state, Betras predicted.
Ohio is in the heart of America. It was the cradle of seven presidents and boasts unique regional diversity, as well as mixes of urban, suburban, and rural populations.
Has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1960, and no Republican has made it to the White House without conquering Ohio.
“Ohio is extremely important to Donald Trump,” said David Cohen, a professor at the University of Akron who heads the Ray Bliss Institute for Applied Policy.
“If Ohio loses, it’s over”, resume.