Ohio’s presidential pick will win or make history in loss

Voting stickers. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Voting stickers. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Despite reports that 2016 had sunk it as a swing state, Ohio still appears poised to play a pivotal role in Tuesday’s presidential election.

The closely divided state could yet deliver its 18 electoral votes to another winner, proving its voters still serve as a barometer of the national political mood.

Or Ohio’s vote will go against the grain in historic fashion.

If Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins the White House without Ohio, she’ll be the first Democrat to do so since John F. Kennedy in 1960. If Republican rival Donald Trump loses Ohio but wins nationally, it’ll be a first for any Republican.

Ohioans also will decide an unusually nasty and expensive U.S. Senate contest on Tuesday and pick winners in congressional, state legislative and Ohio Supreme Court races.

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