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Ohio Democrats Join a Call to Support Joe Biden

A photo of Joe Biden.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is in a tight race with President Donald Trump in Ohio, according to recent polls.

Like just about everything else these days, political campaigning has had to rely on virtual connections. This week, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) held an organizing call to rally support in Ohio for Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

Ohio had been seen as solidly red. Donald Trump won the state in 2016. But recent polls show a tight race. A poll by Emerson College in early May showed Trump with a 3-point lead.

Brown said the call drew 1,500 people, and he said Trump’s actions toward Ohio workers could lead to a Democratic win.

“The president’s ongoing betrayal of workers, whether it’s Lordstown, whether it’s denial of overtime for workers who have earned it, the president’s betrayal of workers, all those, add up to Joe Biden winning this state,” Brown said.

He also believes that Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic has led Ohioans to lose trust in him. The Emerson College poll found 48 percent of Ohioans approve of Trump, while 45 percent disapprove. 

Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media. A Northeast Ohio native and lifelong listener of public radio, Abigail started in public radio as a news intern at WKSU. She graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Kent State University.
A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.