CLEVELAND — President Donald Trump was chosen by Ohio voters to serve four more years after claiming victory in what had been a close and polarizing race against challenger Joe Biden.
Trump took the state’s 18 electoral votes by beating Biden 53%-45% in what had been a neck and neck race in the polls all fall.
Back in 2016, Trump clinched the presidency by winning a total of 306 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232. He won Ohio easily.
Trump won 80 counties in that contest, mostly in the rural areas. Some of the more populous areas such as Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Summit, Mahoning and Lorain, as well as Lucas and Athens counties, voted for Clinton.
Road to the White House
Trump’s path to victory was rocky—he is only the third president in history to be impeached. His nonstop comments on social media drove repeated wedges that divided Americans. His response to the coronavirus outbreak was widely criticized for being slow, haphazard and politicized.
Yet he never lost the support of his base, who turned out for his rallies and supported him with signs, caravans and boat parades.
At the end of the day, Ohio spoke, and it chose Trump.