Target Ohio: Clinton and Trump fight for this battleground state

Carly Flynn Morgan explains why the battleground state of Ohio is so important for a candidate to win.

CLEVELAND - Here in Ohio, the state’s 18 electoral votes are still anybody’s game. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been ahead here at some point over the last few months. Right now though, polls indicate Trump has a slight lead here.

Ohio is one of the ultimate swing states. Over the past ten elections it’s gone five times to a Democrat and five times to a Republican.

Former President Bill Clinton visited Cleveland State University on Saturday, campaigning for his wife.

“They normally send me to places where her opponent is strong,” he said.

According to Real Clear Politics latest data, Trump is up in Ohio 46 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 44.8 percent. That’s good news for him. Ohio is crucial to his campaign. Although still important for Clinton, Ohio is no longer make or break. Her campaign says she can reach 270 electoral votes without Ohio.

Trump and Clinton have made numerous visits here, addressing many of the same issues.

Back in March, at Olivet Baptist Church in Cleveland, Hillary Clinton said this about education:

"Every child deserves a good teacher in a good school, regardless of the zip code that he or she lives in," she said.

Last month, Trump visited with students at Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy before speaking to a crowd.

“I will establish the national goal of extending school choice to every child living in poverty,” he said.

Hillary Clinton gets overwhelming support from African-American and Hispanic communities as well as educated women voters. But Ohio is less diverse with a lower education level than other key states.

While her husband was in Ohio on Saturday, Hillary spoke in Florida – another very important state for her and Trump. Pennsylvania and Michigan also get labeled as crucial battleground states.

Donald Trump’s out west over the next few days, but heads back this way, visiting Michigan on Monday. Hillary’s back in Ohio Monday, visiting Kent, Ohio.


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