The bellwether state tolls for Trump

by David Child

Ohio’s 18 electoral votes have gone to Donald Trump. The Republican candidate secured victory in the State with more than 52 per cent of the vote. Hillary Clinton polled poorly by comparison, taking approximately 43 per cent of the vote.

The result in Ohio has mirrored the national outcome of every US presidential election since 1960. It is one of the crucial battleground states in every election, alongside Florida and North Carolina. The state has swung between the two parties in recent history. In 2008 and 2012, the state voted for Democrat Barack Obama, but in the 2004 and 2000 elections, voted for the Republican candidate, George W. Bush.

The state’s demographics are favourable to Donald Trump’s core appeal, with a white population of approximately 80 per cent. It is heavily populated by working and middle class Americans who Trump has sought to woo with the promise of ‘making America great again’.

Hillary Clinton’s road to the White House is narrowing; the result in Ohio confirms this. According to the CNN presidential tracker, Trump currently holds 232 electoral college votes compared to Clinton’s 209.

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