Predicting Ohio in the General Election
Ohio is considered an important state in the general election. It's generally been a barometer of how the country will go.
A little history: No Republican has won the presidency that didn't take Ohio since Abe Lincoln in 1860. The only Democrats in the last century to win the presidency while losing Ohio were FDR and JFK.
Ohio favors Republicans, although Bill Clinton won the state both in 1992 and 1996. Al Gore and John Kerry both lost the state to George W. Bush.
Here's a map showing in red and blue how Ohio counties voted in past elections.
So how did Bill Clinton win Ohio? He went after the rural vote, not just the urban areas. [More...]
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