Book probes Ohio’s role as national presidential bellwether


CINCINNATI (AP) — Just in time for the Cleveland-hosted Republican National Convention and as the general election campaign heats up, a newly published book, “The Bellwether,” examines Ohio’s importance in picking the nation’s president.

Every four years, the candidates, their surrogates and news crews overrun the state while campaign ads dominate its airwaves. The stakes couldn’t be higher: the winner of Ohio has won the White House in the last 13 elections.

Democrats John Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt are the only presidents elected without winning Ohio since the 19th century and no Republican has ever won without Ohio.

In his new book, Ohio native Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics combines history and statistics to explain that the state is remarkably reliable mirror of national sentiment.

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