Ohio usually a swing state, nearly always a bellwether


Ohio has long been both a political bellwether and a swing state in presidential elections. Author Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia Center for Politics defines the terms this way in his new book, “The Bellwether:”

“Bellwether states reflect the national voting not only in close elections, but also in blowouts.

“Swing states can be won by other side in an election.

“In competitive contests, bellwethers and swings are often the same states. In noncompetitive elections, they probably won’t be.”

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