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Countdown To Election Day

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio.
Alex Brandon
Associated Press
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss where Ohio stands near the finish line of an exhausting presidential campaign season. Kyle Kondik, managing editor of the Sabato's Crystal Ball newsletter from the University of Virginia Center for Politics, joins the show.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

In this week's episode:
The Bellwether?

More than 2.2 million Ohioans have already voted early – that’s more than a quarter of all registered voters. Lines outside county boards of elections remain long. Democrats have made up the bulk of early voting here, but Republicans seem more comfortable with voting in-person on Election Day.

Ohio has nearly 8.1 million registered voters this year. Democratic registrations have risen while Republican registrations fell, but on the whole, there are still more Republicans than Democrats in Ohio.

Both candidates have paid recent visits to Ohio, but not as frequently as campaigns in previous election cycles. Television advertising is different as well: Donald Trump has pulled many of his ads in Ohio, while Joe Biden is still running many. Meanwhile, billionaire and former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is reportedly going to spend between $3-5 million on more ads supporting Biden.

Cities Sue Over Nuclear Bailout

The cities of Columbus and Cincinnati are suing FirstEnergy to keep their residents from having to pay for the power plant bailouts that are now part of the biggest corruption scandal in Ohio's history. The lawsuit claims that HB6 amounts to unconstitutional lending of state credit to a private enterprise.

Meanwhile, state legislators have made no moves toward repealing the law.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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