Battleground state Ohio becomes potential spoiler for Trump


CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohioans are again getting plenty of attention in the presidential race’s final weeks.

After a lull last month, high-level campaigning has accelerated in the perennial battleground state. Republican Donald Trump campaigned here Thursday, while President Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton followed Hillary Clinton’s return to the state earlier in the week with two Ohio scheduled campaign stops each.

The state’s role this year shapes up to be potential spoiler for Trump’s chances of reaching 270 electoral votes. While Clinton appears to have paths to the total needed for election without Ohio, the state’s 20 votes are considered crucial for Trump.

Polls also indicate Ohio is one of only a handful of states that are tossups with less than a month to go.

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