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Strategist Says Ohio Might Not Be a Swing State For Much Longer

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He also said that Democrats could learn from Sen. Sherrod Brown and his interactions with voters.

While Democrats saw big wins in other Midwest states, they were shut out of their statewide executive races in Ohio. Strategists say Ohio is one step closer to losing its swing state status.

Republican Mike DeWine’s four-point win in the race for governor against Democrat Rich Cordray has many believing Ohio is now definitively a red state.

Jai Chabria is a Republican strategist that helped run John Kasich’s two campaigns for governor. He said in 2020, the Democrats are facing an uphill battle to flip swing states like Florida and Ohio.

“So I think there’ll be one more election where the national media will descend upon our state and do all those profiles and my guess just based on where the demographics are going is that’ll probably be our last time in that spotlight,” he said.

However, going forward, Chabria said national Democrats could learn something from Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in the way he speaks to voters in Ohio.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.