Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal
Friday, September 17, 2004
As Ohioblog trots along behind The Columbus Dispatch as it tours Swing State Ohio, we arrive today in Northwest Ohio, which not only has picked 10 of 10 Ohio presidential winners since 1964 but also has done it, as Senior Editor Joe Hallett notes, ``with uncanny accuracy.''
The ``difference between the statewide presidential results and those in northwestern Ohio,'' Hallett reports, ``was less than 0.5 percentage points'' in the 10 elections since '64 combined. That does not, however, mean this 12-county corner
of Ohio is predictable.
Lucas County, with Toledo as its core, will vote for Democrat John Kerry, while the 11 surrounding counties will vote for President Bush. ``I like to say that Lucas County is a Democratic oasis in the
middle of a Republican desert,'' former chairman of the Lucas County and Ohio Democratic parties James Ruvolo told Hallett.
Ruvolo, who is directing Kerry's Ohio campaign, is targeting close-to-urban Ottawa and Wood counties as those that could help his candidate win Northwest Ohio and, as a consequence, Ohio and the nation.
- Steve Love
posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:51 AM
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