The Critical Importance Of Ohio In Presidential Elections Now And Through History

Sep 19, 2016

Kyle Kondik examines Ohio's role in presidential politics.

Since the 19th century, the only Democrats to lose Ohio yet win the presidency were John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt. And no Republican has ever lost the state and won the White House. 

But this election is unlike any in recent memory. Ohio will certainly play a pivotal role, but which way the state will swing and how its vote will affect the final outcome is anyone's guess right now.

Joining us to take a look at Ohio at this point in the presidential race are University of Virginia Center for Politics Director of Communications and Sabato'’s Crystal Ball Managing Editor Kyle Kondik, who's recent book, “The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President,” details the state's importance in presidential elections;  and  WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson.

Kyle Kondik and Howard Wilkinson will be at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County this evening at 7 p.m. for a discussion and book signing. The event will be in the library's Reading Garden Lounge, and be moderated by WVXU's Mark Hayne. For more information, click here