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'. Subscribe