midterm elections

a photo of Doris Kearns Goodwin

During a visit to Ohio, prominent national historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin said political divisiveness may be waning. Kearns Goodwin kicked off a new lecture series at the Statehouse by discussing her new book, "Leadership in Turbulent Times," which looks back at the leadership of Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Lyndon Johnson and both Teddy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


Doris Kearns Goodwin told reporters at the Ohio Statehouse the current political climate reminds her of the one former President Teddy Roosevelt faced more than a hundred years ago. 

Cordray and President Obama

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, September 14:

  • Ohio school districts mostly average in report card rankings;
  • Obama rallies Ohioans to vote;
  • Auditor reports multiple errors in medical marijuana growing selections;
  • About 100 people to become U.S. citizens this weekend
  • Thousands of Ohio schools respond to survey on safety measures;

Ohio school districts mostly average in report card rankings

Now through November, WKSU features special programs geared towards the upcoming Midterm Elections.

America on the Line
Monday-Thursday at 8 p.m., now through Nov. 8

Lines for voting in Summit County

The latest school shooting in Texas has activists are calling on younger people to register to vote and cast ballots in the upcoming midterm elections. But historical stats show those calls may go ignored in Ohio. 

When more 18- to 24-year-olds vote, Democrats are more likely to win. But when more older voters turn out, Republicans do. 

Elections analyst Mike Dawson says stats from the Secretary of State’s office compared to U.S. Census figures show tough races for Democrats in non-presidential years since 2000.

photo of Kyle Kondik

History suggests that the party not represented in the White House does well in midterm Congressional elections – and this year Ohio’s five executive offices, including governor, are also on the ballot, along with U.S. Senate. It's likely these races will get a lot of national attention.