Hillary Clinton

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The presidential race in Ohio remains a volatile contest that could break either way depending on how undecided voters and those supporting third-party candidates make their final decisions, a new survey shows.  

Democrat Hillary Clinton leads by 3 percentage points over Republican Donald Trump in the poll, which the University of Akron conducted for the Ohio Media Project.

Madeleine Albright

The first female Secretary of State has been canvassing Ohio to promote the presidential candidacy of one of the few other women to hold that title: Hillary Clinton. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with Madeleine Albright about Clinton, women in politics and the biggest foreign-policy challenges likely to face the next president.

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The presidential race in Ohio is a dead heat, according to the latest Quinnipiac swing-state poll. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the latest gauge, which shows very few Ohioans say they still haven’t made up their minds – and a lot of them say they’re more motivated to vote than ever.

Donald Trump speaking at one of his rallys

Ohio remains one of four states where Donald Trump is doing heavy TV advertising, though he’s adjusted where those ads run. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze talked with a political consultant about the strategy in the final weeks of the campaign.

President Obama

President Barack Obama stumped at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport today for the person he hopes will replace him.

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President Barack Obama came to Cleveland today to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The president laid out the arguments for Clinton during a rally at Burke Lakefront Airport. He focused on her experience and knowledge compared to what he described as Republican nominee Donald Trump’s cynical attacks on democracy during this campaign.

Obama then deployed a bit of flattery on his youthful audience.

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Former President Bill Clinton visited one of the most reliably red counties in Ohio this morning. 

Bill Clinton says his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, would bring people together to deal with problems like terrorism.

“You cannot do it without the support and active cooperation of American Muslims who work hard, hate terror and love freedom. You cannot do it. We cannot afford to have this country divided.”

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President Obama was in Columbus Thursday night where he spoke to Democrats attending the annual state party dinner. The President had a pretty tough message for Republicans - but tailored for the Democratic Party faithful.

Ohio voters began early voting this week, just as a sex scandal was unfolding in the presidential race. Political reporters M.L. Schultze of WKSU and Nick Castele of WCPN talk about the impact on other Ohio races and on the hopes of some GOP officeholders for higher office.

That’s Nick Castele and M.L. Schultze. Their weekly political roundup is part of WKSU and ideastream’s election collaborative.  

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Donald Trump, campaigned in Cincinnati Thursday. He promised to jump start the Ohio economy if elected.

“No state has been hurt worse by our trade deals than the state of Ohio.  I’m going to bring back your jobs.  You’re going to  have a big expansion of your existing companies, and no more companies are going to leave the state of Ohio without their being serious economic consequence for that company.”  

Donald Trump speaking at one of his rallys

The presidential race has shifted a big share of Ohio voters from their traditional political party alignments. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze talked with a long-time political consultant about the shifts he expects will continue after Nov. 8.

Gerald Austin consulted primarily with Democratic campaigns, and now works with students from Brazil, India and Liberia who want a close look at national politics through Ohio’s eyes.

He says what they’re seeing now is an energized group of Trump supporters.

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A new poll of Ohio voters reveals a lot of things about their attitudes toward the presidential candidates. A lot of the same sentiments were reflected among the voters who were among the first to show up for early voting this morning. 

The Baldwin Wallace poll included the horse-race question: Hillary Clinton up by 9 points over Donald Trump if the election were held today. And for some, it was: early voting began at 8 a.m.

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Some of Ohio’s top Republicans are pulling their support from their presidential nominee, and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton visited the battleground state to try to further shift momentum in her favor. 

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Hillary Clinton was greeted by a about 18,000 people in the center of Ohio State University’s campus following her second debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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The revelations of Republican Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women and a Wikileaks dump of Wall Street speeches by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton may have some Ohioans reconsidering their presidential vote.  There are rules on who you can and can’t vote for.

When US Sen. Rob Portman said he won’t vote Trump for president, he said he’d write in Trump’s running mate Mike Pence. Secretary of State spokesman Josh Eck has some advice for anyone considering writing in their presidential vote.

It's the next meet-up between the two major-party presidential candidates.  Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump face off at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, October 9th,  beginning at 9pm.   It's a different format than their first debate.  This will be in the style of a town hall meeting with questions coming both from the moderator and the audience.

How can  you be certain that the responses from Clinton and Trump are truthful?   NPR will have a team of journalists fact-checking the debate in real time.

It's the only meeting between the two major-party vice-presidential candidates.  Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence face off at Longwood University in Virginia, Tuesday, October 4th, beginning at 9pm.   How can  you be certain what they're saying is accurate?   NPR will have a team of journalists that's fact-checking the debate in real time.

Portions of the debate with added analysis  are highlighted below, followed by context and fact-checking from NPR reporters and editors.

Hillary Clinton in Akron

Hillary Clinton’s first campaign visit to Ohio in about a month included a stop in Akron last night, where she celebrated this weekend’s endorsement by favorite-son LeBron James. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports Clinton also lambasted Donald Trump on business and tax practices she says give lie to his campaign rhetoric.

About 2,600 people gathered in the theater of Goodyear’s old headquarters, almost simultaneously applauding and growing quiet, when Clinton talked about the leaked documents that suggest Donald Trump avoided paying federal income taxes for nearly 20 years.

Donald Trump speaking at one of his rallys

Hillary Clinton now leads in three of four key swing states, but Donald Trump continues to hold the edge in Ohio. The latest Quinnnipiac poll shows most voters think Clinton won the first presidential debate, but as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, that’s apparently changed very few minds.

LeBron James

NBA superstar LeBron James is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president on the eve of her visit to his hometown of Akron. 

James announced his endorsement in an op-ed that ran in the Akron Beacon Journal and Business Insider

In it, the Cavs star recounts his own childhood in innercity Akron, saying a lot of people continue to “want to tell kids who grew up like me and look like me that they just don’t have anything to look forward to.”

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Ohio is used to getting a lot of attention when it comes to electing presidents. But some now question its status as a bellwether state for the future.  

Ohio usually predicts the winner in presidential elections. But University of Cincinnati political science Professor David Niven thinks that might not be the case this year.

“In this particular election, we may have slipped from our perch.”

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton was still basking in what many regarded as Hillary Clinton's big win in the first presidential debate this week. And so were the roughly 400 people gathered to hear him in a high school gym in Cleveland last night (Tuesday). WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports:

“Anybody watch that debate last night? Whoa!"

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Among the tens of millions of people watching last night’s first presidential debate were dozens of volunteers and supporters in central Ohio, at gatherings put together by the Clinton and Trump campaigns. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler stopped by two of them.

In a house in Groveport south of Columbus, a few dozen guests are spread out on chairs and sofas in the living room and the finished basement party room, watching their candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared before about 300 people at Cleveland State University on Sunday morning in support of Hillary Clinton.

Actor John Lithgow, who grew up in Northeast Ohio, warmed up the crowd by lauding President Obama’s progress over the past eight years.

Richard Trumka

Union leaders don’t have the political influence they once had in Ohio. And as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, when it comes to this presidential election year,  that applies even to a segment of their own members.

Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges and Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper are supporting their parties' respective candidates.


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