By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) The battleground state of Ohio is looking less and less like a true battleground and more like a solidly red state, thanks to President Donald Trump and, ironically, to the Democrat Party.

As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle begins in earnest, Trump has already made a campaign stop in the Buckeye State, and as usual, it was well attended and he was well-received.



The state that went twice for Barack Obama abandoned Hillary Clinton in 2016 (Trump won by eight points) and appears to have been steadily moving to the right since.

As Matt Vespa of Townhall notes, Republicans swept statewide races in 2018 and support for Lefty-leaning populist U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has been declining since 2006.

President Trump’s appeal to the American working class is obvious but it has been derided by the Democrat Party as “racist,” “nativist,” “bigoted,” and “homophobic” — and in turn, working class Americans who support him in Ohio and beyond have been saddled with those labels too by arrogant, Left-wing elitists from the left and right coasts.

Nobody likes to be called names, especially when they are blatantly untrue. And so, as Vespa notes, Ohio no longer belongs to the Democrat Party, thanks in part to Trump’s appeal and in part to Democratic hubris and dismissal.

Vespa:

As the 2020 race is heating up, President Trump is already running a soft, quasi-general election campaign by holding rallies in key states. He held one in Toledo, Ohio last night. Swing states are also in the news due to their voters’ opposition to the Democrats’ impeachment push of President Trump. There are oodles of Obama voters here who flipped for Trump, some of them two-time Obama voters.

Millions of these people are what helped turn the tide. With far-left policies being peddled by the Left, like illegal aliens getting health care, aggressive gun control, and Medicare for All, working people no longer see Democrats as their champions. The laundry list that makes up the Democrats’ 2020 agenda is tailored to the professional elites that dominate the urban areas and the coasts—you will not win an election with just these areas. 

Medicare for All is especially lethal to Democrats since a) no one believes that it can be accomplished without middle-class tax increases; b) it’s ruinously expensive; c) it means the destruction of private health insurance. That’s over 150+ million plans, and that includes union households. Oh yes, prior to the rally, a Ohio voters said that union workers who are employed by Jeep are pro-Trump. That does not bode well for Democrats who are trying to retake and rebuild the blue wall that ran through the Rust Belt.

Last year, Matt Moorhead, an employee of General Motors, offered a warning to 2020 Democrats, noting that he’s a bit unnerved that some of these clowns running don’t know any working people. And because of that—union households will vote Republican. Well, with a booming economy, unpopular impeachment, and immigration finally taken a more aggressive turn towards enforcement—it’s certainly trending that way. 

According to Mark Dawson, writing in the Washington Post about a year ago:

For well more than a century, Ohio not only voted most often of any state for the winning presidential candidate (28 of 30 times between 1896 and 2012) but it also deviated the least of any state from the national, two-party voting average.

That run is over. Ohio now votes like a red state. The people running presidential campaigns should study this trend closely before deciding how much time — and how much money — to invest in the Buckeye State. …

The situation is all the more surprising because, from all appearances, 2018 was setting up to be a good year for Ohio Democrats. Quality, well-funded candidates lined up to challenge Ohio Republicans in statewide elections. Democratic turnout was extremely high for a midterm election. In congressional races, Democrats received 97 percent of the votes in 2018 that they did in 2016, an unusually high percentage. By comparison, Republicans received only 77 percent of their 2016 vote. So, there actually was a blue wave in Ohio. …

After the 2018 elections, Dave Betras, Democratic chairman in Mahoning County, which includes Youngstown, remarked, “I don’t know how you can call [the state] anything but red. At one time a guy who showered after work and not before used to be reliably blue, and I’m not sure they are anymore.”

One of the biggest issues for Ohio voters? Immigration or, specifically, the desire to curb illegal immigration. President Trump and Republicans own that issue and, increasingly, the American working class that is expanding because of their economic policies.

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