Ohio

Romney Had a Chance to Beat Obama, and He Blew It
November 07, 2012

The Obama campaign telegraphed its re-election strategy. Romney responded with a historic blunder.

Yes, Obama Won a Mandate
November 07, 2012

Obama's win is a major victory not only for Democrats, but all Americans.

Ohio’s Crucial Election Court Fights
November 06, 2012

It’s a crisp, clear, and cold day in Ohio, a state that everyone believes to be critical. On the ground floor of the Ohio State University building I’m in right now, there’s a long line of students waiting to cast their votes, some for over an hour we’re told. It will be a long day for them, and it could be a long night for all of us if it’s close. Well before the first ballots were cast, the candidates and their allies were in court fighting over the rules.

Impressions from a Morning in Ohio
November 06, 2012

TOLEDO, Ohio—Two polling places and about two dozen voters. That’s not even close to a scientific sample, even if the sample is from Ohio. If you're reading in order to divine how the rest of the nation will vote, please stop. You won't find it here. But staking out interesting precincts has become an election year tradition for me, because conversations with actual voters inevitably yields some insights about how they are thinking—and, more specifically, how they process the information and arguments so familiar to those of us in the business of politics.

Election Day’s Most Pressing Voting Irregularities: A Roundup
November 06, 2012

Update: As of 5 p.m. there have been 71,849 calls into Election Protection’s 866-OUR-VOTE Hotline. The trends throughout the day include confusion over voter ID requirements in multiple states; long lines at the polls in part due to early voting restrictions; and inadequate preparation throughout the country—not enough voting machines or polling officials—for a large voter turnout. One of the most significant updates include a number of reports coming out of Pennsylvania—specifically Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—that voters have been wrongfully removed from the voting rolls.

How Mitt Romney Genuinely Fired Up His Followers
November 06, 2012

Mitt Romney actually developed a following of sorts by the end of the campaign. What are we to make of this? A valediction from Ohio.

Virginia's Sneaky Voter ID Raises Few Alarms
November 06, 2012

Virginia's law has earned less scrutiny than other states' but, given the close race, could be more impactful.

Mitt Could Have Won Ohio. The Reason He Probably Won't? Principle.
November 06, 2012

Mitt's values couldn't be more at odds with working-class voters in Ohio.

Seven Underrated Counties
November 06, 2012

 Throughout the Bush years, Orange County, FL, Franklin County, OH, and Bucks County, PA ascended to national preeminence as the closest counties in the closest states in the 2000 election. In 2008, the diverse and well-educated new coalition counties, like Arapahoe, CO, Fairfax, VA, Wake, NC stole the show. In 2012, Obama could easily win every county listed above and lose the election. As the suburbs diversify and Republicans compensate with additional inroads into the countryside, the old swing counties of the Bush years have largely moved into the Democratic column.

“Smug, Snide, and Off the Mark”: An Ohioan Responds to Walter Kirn
November 06, 2012

According to my new, less tolerant understanding of American democracy gained by reading, in this magazine’s words, Walter Kirn’s “definitive Ohio hit piece,” the future of our country depends on the whims of a Midwestern electorate worthy of coastal scorn because they find national politicking a bit off-putting and rent their golf clubs. Why was this ad hominem attack directed at Ohio voters? One view, espoused by readers, is that it was a poorly executed satire on the absurdity of the Electoral College that fell flat.

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