In election results from Ohio, strategists see a realignment of the American electorate. Trends that have the potential to reshape the ruling coalitions of American politics are often found first in Ohio’s local elections, 2018 was perhaps no different. At The Washington Examiner, Salena Zito explains the tectonic plate shifting in Ohio. She writes (abridged):
In no state was the realignment in American politics more apparent in last week’s midterm elections than in the Buckeye State.
It’s not just that Republicans swept the statewide executive offices, most illustrative was where and how they did it.
Ohio saw a solidification of the new Republican Party in this midterm said Dave Myhal, an Ohio Republican strategist who says both parties had no idea who was going to win the statewide races or the down ballot races because both parties don’t know who their voters are yet, “Pollsters have yet to catch on to this new coalition and is arguably why polling did not predict the final result,” he said.
Myhal says Ohio is ground-zero for understanding this new realignment ahead of the 2020 presidential elections. “Republicanism has moved away from affluent suburbs to working class voters,” he said.
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