15 days to US elections: No Republican has won White House without Ohio

No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio, a state that may be back in play, with Joe Biden generally in the lead nationally.

CLEVELAND (Ohio) • Trump signs are everywhere. A big flag with a dramatic depiction of President Donald Trump muscled up like Rambo, jaw set, clad in a black singlet, toting a grenade launcher, hangs from the window of a ramshackle single-storey house.

Grafton village is a smattering of cheap prefab houses and second-hand and broken cars, roughly an hour from the corniced towers of downtown Cleveland. It has a poverty rate of around 10 per cent - and that is among its majority (65.67 per cent) white population. There is a local penitentiary which pops up when you search for Grafton on Google Maps.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2020, with the headline 'No Republican has won White House without this state'. Print Edition | Subscribe