Any analysis of national elections always comes down to a few “Swing States”. These are the states that are not reliably in one camp or another but are up for grabs. None of them has characterized the national elections better than Ohio, a state that had 20 Electoral Votes through the 2000s – a fairly rich prize. It has served as a valuable “bellwether”, picking the winner consistently for some time. As chaotic as our national politics has been, Ohio has seen it all.
But the story of Ohio might well come down to a very simple analysis itself. The economy of Ohio, specifically the state of jobs, may tell the whole story despite all the smoke and noise that accompanies elections. It is a tale of a Depression, running its course through the heartland of America since at least the year 2000.