Be part of Ohio’s
BY A N T H O N Y J. A H E R N
It’s not usually a compliment to tell someone that they hold two
opposite, contradictory opinions. But what if a group of people col-
lectively hold two opposite, contradictory views?
If you haven’t noticed, the November 6th elections are just over the
horizon. This year, Ohio is again one of the swing states. Ohio has
laid claim to this mantle since the 1800s. Ohio voters correctly
picked the winning presidential candidate in the last 11 elections.
No Republican has won the presidency without carrying Ohio since
Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860.
With a large population total and multiple urban centers, home to
manufacturing and high-tech, but also with a large agricultural
base and many rural counties, Ohio is a microcosm of the nation.
We have been called a bellwether state because of the mix of rural,
suburban and urban, Republican and Democrat, industrial and
agricultural to be found here.
For evidence of our lack of political intransigence, consider that our
current governor, John Kasich, is an “R” who followed a “D,” Ted
Strickland. We have one U.S. senator, Rob Portman, who is a Re-
publican, while the other, Sherrod Brown, is a Democrat. Although
the Republicans control the Ohio General Assembly, 23-10 in the
Senate and 59-40 in the House, all the mayors of the 10 largest
cities in the state (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron,
Dayton, Youngstown, Canton, Parma and Lorain) are Democrats.
That Ohio voters have not been ﬁrmly in the camp of either major
political party reﬂects an open-mindedness and willingness to
think for themselves. My compliments go to the voters of Ohio,
who collectively are not ideologically unmovable but react much as
the nation does on the issues of importance.
Don’t pass up the opportunity to be among the group of Ohio citi-
zens whose views actually contribute to the outcome of races.
Which presidential candidate receives Ohio’s 18 electoral votes and
goes on to claim the Oval Ofﬁce depends a great deal on the Buck-
eye State and you, the voter.
2 COUNTRY LIVING
• OCTOBER 2012
Volume 55, No. 1
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