Election 2016

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s senior US Senator got a prime time speaking spot on the final night of the convention, after his speech the night before had been scratched because the schedule got backed up.

Sherrod Brown admitted earlier in the week that he’d been vetted as a possible vice presidential candidate for Hillary Clinton, and told the DNC that he was completely behind Clinton’s economic plans.

“That’s why Hillary Clinton will win Ohio, because as everyone in this great hall knows, as Ohio goes, so goes the nation.”

The Ohio Democratic Party Chairman says Democrats are mostly united around Clinton and determined to stop Trump.
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine will head out of Philadelphia Friday and toward the key swing-state of Ohio officially beginning of the general election campaign.

After a rally in Philadelphia, Clinton is heading to Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and then onto Youngstown and Columbus over the weekend.
 

As the DNC was wrapping up, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said that the stop in Youngstown is key.

Ohio Governor John Kasich
Office of Ohio Governor John Kasich

Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's focused on backing his party's congressional candidates this fall and won't talk about any support for a presidential candidate.
 

Kasich has declined to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.

HIllary Clinton speaking at the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy dinner
Statehouse News Bureau

Today is the last day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and divisions among Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton delegates remain clear.

 

Clinton delegate and former Dayton Mayor Rhine McClin has attended several Democratic conventions in the past. She says this has been the most visibly contentious one yet, but that doesn’t make her nervous about the general election.

HIllary Clinton speaking at the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy dinner
Statehouse News Bureau

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is well underway and like Republicans last week in Cleveland, Democrats are doing their best to close a rift in the party.  This week, WYSO continues talking to convention delegates and attendees to get their take on what’s happening.

Susan Eacker, of Hamilton, is a Bernie Sanders delegate from Ohio’s 8th Congressional district. In this interview from Wednesday she says delegates may not come together by the end of the convention. First though - she says it's been a busy week.

Bernie Sanders strongly endorses Hillary Clinton, but some of his followers aren't ready to follow.
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

The call for Democratic Party unity fell short last night as delegates backing Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton chanted each other down within minutes of the start of the first night of the DNC in Philadelphia.

It was a tough first day on the job for Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

PHILADELPHIA - Rep. John Lewis, the long-time congressman from Georgia who is an icon of the 1960s' civil rights movement, came to the Ohio delegation's breakfast Monday morning for a speech that was brief but to the point.

Ohio's delegates are seated to the right of the stage.
Nick Castele / ideastream

The 2016 Republican National Convention has come to a close, and delegates are getting back to their districts.

Butler County Treasurer and Kasich Delegate, Nancy Nix, says this year’s convention felt much different from previous ones.

“There’s just so much, so much anger that I never felt last time," she said. "But four years ago, the establishment was in charge, everyone was unified. This time we’ve got a nationalist candidate, the establishment has been throw to the side.”

Nix says her experience has changed the way she views her place in the party.

Ohio's Republican delegates begin to gather on the convention floor ahead of the roll call vote.
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

If Ohio’s Republican delegates are less than enthused about the idea of Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, they’re also learning to live with it. The question is what they’ll do now.

A few hours after Ohio Republicans honored Gov. John Kasich in a packed reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they cast their 66 votes for him at the Republican National Convention.

And it meant nothing.

Karen Kasler

US Senator Rob Portman is facing a tough re-election fight this year – and some Ohio Republicans are worried that Donald Trump’s controversial candidacy may drag down Portman’s chances to beat Democratic former Governor Ted Strickland. The candidate popped in for a little campaigning on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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