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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are planning an Aug. 1 re-election campaign rally at Cincinnati's US Bank Arena - which raises the question of why they are stumping here so early in the campaign. Trump did not win either Hamilton County or Cincinnati in 2016. WVXU's Senior Political Analyst, Howard Wilkinson, told News Director Maryanne Zeleznik that his real audience is in not in Cincinnati, but in the suburban and rural counties which surround it.

With nearly twenty candidates now vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, one legislator who considered a run is comfortable with his decision not to. Sherrod Brown shared his view of the field.

It’s no surprise to Brown that so many candidates want to unseat the current leader, who Brown said has done a terrible job. Among the recently announced candidates is fellow Ohioan Tim Ryan, the democratic congressman from the Youngstown area. Brown is not saying who he’s supporting at this point.

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For the time being, an Ohio group has pulled out of a ballot issue this year to have the state join a nationwide movement to bypass the Electoral College and elect the president by popular vote.

Tim Ryan rallied voters in his hometown over the weekend, garnering support for his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination amid a crowded field.

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A 23-year-old man shows up in Newport and claims he's Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared at the age of six in May, 2011 from the Chicago area. DNA test results reveal the hoax. 

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is the latest Democrat to join the growing field seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

Ryan announced his intentions on ABC's The View on Thursday, telling the panel that he is running to be a champion for manufacturing in a country that has been fractured by trade and outsourcing.

"I understand that legacy of job loss. ... I understand where we need to go. The country's so divided right now that we can't get a plan together. The first thing we ought to do is unify," Ryan said.

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WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with Jay Hanselman Monday morning about a recent Quinnipiac University poll of American voters that had some bad news for President Trump - 53% of those polled said they will not vote for Trump for re-election, including 60% of all women voters. Anything over 50% is the last thing an incumbent wants to see, although he has plenty of time to turn that around.

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How's this for bad campaign optics?

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Ordinarily, a U.S. senator endorsing the president of his own party for re-election would be nothing out of the ordinary.

That's what you would expect the senator to do, right? Under ordinary circumstances, that is.

Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Ind., announced last week that he intends to run for president.

An openly gay man and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Buttigieg has been identified by top Democrats — including former President Barack Obama – as a potential future leader for the party.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s supporters gave him a send-off Wednesday night before his tour of early presidential primary and caucus states.

Brown hasn’t officially launched a bid for the Democratic nomination, but has been working to insert his voice into the party’s growing presidential conversation. His “Dignity of Work” tour has stops scheduled in Iowa through Saturday, with visits expected in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

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I suppose this debate over whether Ohio is a red state, a purple state, or blue state with a very faint pulse is going to go on for quite a while.

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Starting out a possible run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is an ambitious project in the best of circumstances. But starting out with a well-respected national poll showing that 77 percent of American voters say they don't know enough about you to form an opinion about you – good or bad – might make you think you are running in quicksand.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the fact that one Ohio Republican - soon-to-be-former governor John Kasixh - and one Ohio Democrat - newly-re-elected Sen. Sherrod Brown are clearly interested in being the next president.

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No one can accuse Ohio's newly re-elected U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of letting the moss grow under his feet.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about speculation that Ohio's senior senator, Sherrod Brown, might be interested in running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. First of all, though, Brown must focus on getting re-elected this fall. 

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke Monday with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about Ohio's lame duck governor, John Kasich, and his role as the Republican most critical of President Trump. Hardly a week goes by where Kasich doesn't appear on Sunday news talk shows to lambast Trump's policies. 

As much as he would have liked it to be, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's name will not be on the presidential ballot this year.

The name of Donald Trump, of course, will be on that ballot – a name that John Kasich is loath to even speak out loud, much less endorse.

The governor of the Buckeye State is left to wonder what might have been.