Fox News reports that Ohio and Iowa may be unexpected swing states this November.
Let’s start with Ohio, which some may remember to be the state that gave former President George W. Bush his second term. In 2016, Trump took the state easily beating Clinton by more than eight points. But, that wasn’t the prediction at the time.
Polls prior to the 2016 election suggested that Trump only had a slight lead over Hillary Clinton. On top of that, former President Barrack Obama had managed to take Ohio both in 2008 and 2012. It wasn’t really clear, which way the state was going to go, until election night when Trump won handily.
Now, here we are four years later, and given Trump’s success in 2016, you would think that he would be favored to take the state again. But, according to Fox, things in Ohio, once again, just aren’t that clear.
The most recent polls have Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ahead, on average, by 3.3 points over Trump. The bottom line is that Ohio could turn blue again this November.
The president is trying to make sure this doesn’t happen by vigorously campaigning in the state, which he recently did along with Vice President Mike Pence.
“Get your co-workers, get everybody, and get out and vote. Got to get out and vote. And in your state, in Ohio, early voting has already begun and don’t wait,” Trump said.
Ohio, by the way, is also where the first presidential debate is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
In addition to Ohio, Fox reports that Iowa too may end up being a swing state this election.
Just as with Ohio, Trump took Iowa in 2016 quite easily by nine points over Clinton. That was after Obama took the state both in 2008 and 2012.
With such a big victory in 2016 one would expect Trump to take Iowa again. But, the polls suggest otherwise. They have Biden and Trump in a tie at 46 percent.
Out of the two, Ohio is the more lucrative state in terms of Electoral College votes at 18. Iowa, on the other hand, only offers six.