With Toledo stop, Trump also hits Michigan markets

Don't blame Ohioans for losing count of the presidential visits to the state.

As polls in the state show a razor thin lead for Republican Donald Trump, both presidential campaigns are returning to the state again and again.

Trump returns to Ohio today with three stops, including a 4 p.m. rally at the SeaGate Convention Center in Toledo, which also gives him access to the Michigan media market and voters from the Great Lakes state. He was last in Toledo on Sept. 21.

It will be his third trip to Toledo since the Republican National convention and follows a Saturday rally in Cleveland and events in three Ohio cities from vice presidential candidate Mike Pence on Tuesday.

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Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine also is in Ohio today with speeches in Cleveland and Columbus. Hillary Clinton attended a rally in Cleveland on Friday and her husband, Bill Clinton will be in Cleveland on Saturday.

The attention shows how critical Ohio is for the campaigns. In the last 10 election cycles, the state has given victories to Republicans five times and Democrats five times. The state's voters have chosen the president in 35 of 40 presidential elections.

And polls show the state is up for grabs. The Real Clear Politics average of polls taken in the state show Trump with a 1 percentage point advantage over Clinton, but recent individual polls have shown the race is either tied, Trump leading by up to 4 points or Clinton with a 2 percentage point advantage over Trump.

But Michigan also remains important to the campaigns. Kaine will return to the state on Sunday with events at union halls in Taylor and Warren while Chelsea Clinton will make stops in Battle Creek and Muskegon on Saturday. Retired pediatric neuro surgeon Ben Carson, a Detroit native who dropped out of the Republican presidential primary race and threw his support to Trump, will be in Grand Rapids on Saturday.

(2016 © Detroit Free Press)


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