As Ohio Goes


As Ohio Goes is a documentary that explores the state’s legacy and future as a bellwether state in presidential elections. With a voting accuracy currently unmatched by any other state, we travel through all five regions of the Buckeye State to find out why it reflects the country as a whole.

  • Chapter 1 | As Ohio Goes: Introduction

    The adage, “The nation goes as Ohio goes,” is a reflection upon Ohio’s key status when it comes to presidential elections and campaigns. But why is that the case? What is so special about Ohio? Our journey begins here.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Chapter 2 | As Ohio Goes: The Past Paints the Present

    Ohio’s status as swing state, and as a strong bellwether, goes back at least 120 years, but the reason for it goes back even further, to its founding. In this section we explore how the past paints the present, and set the stage for our journey by introducing the concept of The Five Ohios.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Chapter 3 | As Ohio Goes: Central Ohio

    Central Ohio is our first stop on our journey around the "Five Ohios." As the fastest growing—and youngest—region of the state. The state capital of Columbus has come a long way from “Cowtown” to metropolis. Its political tilt and population puts it in line with growing Western states.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Chapter 4 | As Ohio Goes: Northwest Ohio

    With deep roots in farming and factories, the Northwest region of Ohio is home to key industries and a Midwestern sensibility that any candidate would be wise to speak to. With a historically conservative lean, if candidates do well here, they’ll likely also find support in the American heartland.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Chapter 5 | As Ohio Goes: Northeast Ohio

    Though population in the NE region of Ohio has been in decline in past decades, it still is home to the most voters in the state. It’s also a bastion for Democrats, helping to make or break their chances in Ohio. Its voters reflect the sentiment and makeup of Northeastern America.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Chapter 6 | As Ohio Goes: Southeast Ohio

    The Southeast region of Ohio is the largest in area, but the least populated of all the regions. Voters in this Appalachian region retain an independent streak politically, but also an acute memory of their history with the energy industry and failed political promises.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Chapter 7 | As Ohio Goes: Southwest Ohio

    Of all the swing regions, Southwest Ohio might be the tipping point for most candidates looking to win the state. Serving as a bastion for conservative voters, it’s a must-win for any Republican. With its southern exposure, the Southwest region typifies the non-rural southern United States.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Chapter 8 | As Ohio Goes: 3rd Parties - Changing Demographics

    Presidential election history shows that third parties have had some success in Ohio, but none have ever won the state. Meanwhile, migration and shifting demographics in the United States may alter Ohio’s electoral importance. For now, though, the nation still goes as Ohio goes.

    Grades: 9-12

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