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McManus: The Ohio presidential equation

McManus: The Ohio presidential equation

If there's a ground zero in this presidential campaign, it might just be the parking lot of a downscale shopping center in North Columbus, Ohio, halfway between Papa John's Pizza and Payless Shoes. Here, in the empty shell of a former Kohl's department store, Franklin County has set up an early polling station where voters can cast ballots without waiting for election day. A hundred feet from the door, in the parking lot, is a line of trucks festooned with banners — the mobile headquarters of each campaign, ready to press sample ballots on passing voters. Ohio is the state each candidate covets most, the state most likely to tip the balance of electoral votes and...

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