Ohio

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The last thing President Trump wants to talk about is clearly the first thing on the minds of Ohioans and voters in Great Lakes battleground states – the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Over 1.2 million Ohioans have already voted in the Nov. 3 election, both by absentee ballots and in-person early voting at county boards of elections.

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This presidential election in Ohio is clearly going to shatter all previous records for turnout. By the time the polling places open on Nov. 3, over half of Ohio voters will have already cast early ballots, either by absentee ballot or in person at county boards of elections.

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Ohio is back in the conversation when it comes to presidential politics, but two things are certain in this year of almost universal uncertainty.

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After Donald Trump won Ohio by a convincing eight percentage point margin in 2016, there was an assumption by many Republicans and Democrats that Ohio would not be a factor in the 2020 presidential contest.

But that was then; this is now.

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Four years ago, Ohio made Donald Trump very happy by handing him its 18 electoral votes. This year, Ohio has the potential to make him very unhappy by taking them back.

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As of mid-week, over 1 million Ohioans had requested absentee ballots for the November election. Election officials expect that many or more between now and the weekend before the Nov. 3 election.

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Absentee mail-in ballots are getting most of the attention in the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election, but in Ohio, county election officials have a much more potentially serious problem to deal with: a shortage of people to work the polling places on Election Day.

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A survey by the Enquirer showed that in the April primary elections, about 21,000 absentee ballots in Ohio weren't counted.

Author David Giffels spent a year traveling around Ohio with the idea that by getting a better understanding of Ohio, he might get a better understanding of the nation as a whole this election year. The people he encountered in his journeys and what he learned from them are in his new book, "Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America." Giffels said he wrapped up his research just as the coronavirus pandemic shut down the state and the country. 

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If we had any advice for President Trump and his now-sputtering campaign against the U.S. Postal Service, it would be this:

Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.

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There is no doubt that in Ohio there are a whole lot of Republican voters who are feeling buyer's remorse today for falling under the spell of Donald Trump in 2016.

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Election officials in Ohio and elsewhere are expecting an enormous turnout for this November's presidential election.

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When this year began, few people in politics believed Ohio would be in play this presidential election, mainly because Donald Trump won the Buckeye State in 2016 with a comfortable eight percentage point cushion.

The Midwest could be the next area to see a big surge in coronavirus cases, the top U.S. infectious disease specialist warned Tuesday. But there's still time to stop the upswing, he said, if states follow the national guidelines on reopening safely.

While the Southern United States has been seeing the fastest rise in cases, that now appears to be on the downswing, Fauci told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America.

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The Departments of Agriculture in at least four states - Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee - say people have reported receiving unsolicited packs of seeds in the mail.

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On Thursday, Kentucky joined the growing number of states that have instituted mandatory face mask orders in light of the spike in COVID-19 cases. Ohio has issued mandates for its hardest hit counties, including Hamilton and Butler counties.

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The long lines and mechanical breakdowns in some major counties of Georgia during the Tuesday primary has Democrats and voter rights activists suspecting the GOP of voter suppression, a charge the Republican state leaders deny. 

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Four years ago, Donald Trump won Ohio by eight percentage points, which caught the tribe of political pundits by surprise, along with the political professional class.

Can he do it again?

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Wisconsin's governor tried and failed to stop the in-person voting from taking place Tuesday because of concerns over spreading the COVID-19 virus. The polls opened in Wisconsin Tuesday and it was a wreck, with the majorty of inside poll workers refusing to work because of fear of catching the virus. It made many people in Ohio glad Ohio canceled its March 17 Election Day and extended absentee balloting until April 28.

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