by Anne Gearan, Abby Phillip |
The Washington Post
September 30, 2016
Hillary Clinton returned to the difficult political ground of Iowa Thursday with hopes of banking early presidential votes in a battleground state trending firmly toward Republican nominee Donald Trump.
After decades as one of America’s most reliable political bellwethers, an inevitable presidential battleground that closely mirrored the mood and makeup of the country, Ohio is suddenly fading in importance this year.
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