Thursday, November 17, 2016

5 thoughts as Tim Ryan takes on Nancy Pelosi

With Democrats down in the dumps in Ohio and beyond, there's a lot to unpack in U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan's bid to unseat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Let's start with the element of surprise ...

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

A big reason why Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Ohio: He ran up the score in Appalachia

With Rich Exner

Slowly but surely, Democrats had been losing their foothold in eastern and southern Ohio. On Tuesday, Donald Trump delivered the knockout blow.

Trump, now president-elect, ran at least 10 percentage points better than 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 42 counties, most of them situated in that Appalachia-encompassing region, according to a analysis of unofficial election results.

All told, Trump outperformed Romney, who lost the Buckeye State to President Barack Obama by 3 points, in all but five of 88 counties. But data suggest Trump owes his statewide win over Hillary Clinton - 8.5 points - to huge gains in these rural and blue collar areas.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump's victory spoiled Kasich's plans. So what's next for the Ohio governor?

As Election Day turned to Election Night, two of Ohio's top Republicans sat on big plans largely contingent upon Donald Trump going down in flames.

Gov. John Kasich, who fell short in his own bid for the GOP presidential nomination, was preparing a Thursday speech in Washington, where he would outline a Trump-free vision for his party and country. It would be an early first step toward another run in 2020.

Matt Borges, the Ohio Republican Party chief and a Kasich ally, was angling to be the next Republican National Committee chairman. He would build his case on his success in a key battleground and on his ability to navigate messy political circumstances. But for this to work, Trump probably had to win Ohio and lose the Electoral College to Hillary Clinton.

Trump took care of the first by blowing out Clinton here. No one could say that Kasich, who refused to campaign or vote for Trump, or that Borges, who clashed with Trump's team and was viewed suspiciously by some because of his loyalty to the governor, cost Trump a crucial state.

But Trump's unanticipated national victory crushed their plans.

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Donald Trump pulls off an upset for the ages -- and brings Republicans another identity crisis

Donald Trump realigned the country the same way he realigned the Republican Party - with an improbable takeover that many political professionals saw as hostile, but one Middle America embraced as a chance to swing a sledgehammer at the status quo.

In a year full of surprises, Trump, a wealthy New York real estate mogul who once had his own reality television show, won the White House by romping through the Rust Belt.

His pitch, tailored to disillusioned blue-collar workers, helped him win battleground Ohio comfortably and, according to calls by the Associated Press, put Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in the GOP column for the first time since the 1980s.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Battleground Ohio gets a quiet Saturday as Clinton and Trump enter home stretch

There was something strange about the campaign trail Saturday in Ohio.

It was empty.

Three days before an election that will determine the next president of the United States, there was no trace of Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump or their running mates.

As of Saturday evening, only Clinton had scheduled a Sunday event in the state. And it was unknown if or when Trump, who held a rally Friday in Wilmington, would return.

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