In this report produced in partnership with News Hour, John Yang reports from a county in Northeastern Ohio that’s normally a Democratic stronghold, but where, because of the sluggish economy, Republicans are hoping to make inroads.
JOHN YANG: In the Moore household in Newton Falls, Ohio, Donald Trump’s approval rating is just about 100 percent, three generations of voters, including a longtime Democrat who’s never voted Republican, enthusiastically backing the New York millionaire.
You might call 21-year-old Danny Moore a Trump scholar. He wrote a college paper about his nomination.
DANNY MOORE, Newton Falls, Ohio Resident: It was about the desire to be part of the movement to return America to its greatness and dominance in the world. The dominance of Donald Trump leads his supporters to believe he can and will do this for America.
JOHN YANG: He got an A.
DAN MOORE, Newton Falls, Ohio Resident: We’re on a course that is not sustainable.
JOHN YANG: Danny gave Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” to his father, Dan, a self-described swing voter who says he was on the Obama bandwagon in 2008 and 2012.
And now? Who are you voting for this fall?
DAN MOORE: Absolutely Donald Trump. With him being a real estate developer and being involved in the construction industry, he had to be a good problem-solver.
FRANCES KIMPTON, Newton Falls, Ohio Resident: He’s going to build the wall, and they’re going to pay for it.
JOHN YANG: Dan’s 75-year-old mother-in-law, Frances Kimpton, is a lifelong Democrat who switched parties to vote for Trump in the Ohio primary.
FRANCES KIMPTON: I would go in, and I would vote straight down the ticket everything Democrat. But now I’m going to do everything Republican. And I can’t wait to do it.
JOHN YANG: Trumbull County is one of Ohio’s most reliably Democratic counties, delivering majorities around 60 percent to the party’s nominees since 1996.
But Trump is trying to narrow that gap here and across Northeastern Ohio. He’s visited the region five times since August with a message about the economy.