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Campaign visits cost Columbus thousands

When it comes to presidential campaigning few states are getting more attention than Ohio. The candidates have stopped in Ohio more than 40 times so far this year including 6 visits to Columbus.

But being the center of attention is getting expensive. Although the campaigns are required to pay most expenses, cities are on their own when it comes to security. So far this year, campaign-related police work has cost the city of Columbus $113,000.

But City and State Officials say traffic snarls and overtime costs can't compete with the intangibles. For example, all the free P-R that comes from having the national spotlight focused on Columbus.

Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. Keith has chronicled the Trump administration from day one, putting this unorthodox presidency in context for NPR listeners, from early morning tweets to executive orders and investigations. She covered the final two years of the Obama presidency, and during the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.