As the 2008 presidential campaign enters the final stretch, Ohio is one of a dozen difficult-to-predict battleground states, according to Case Western Reserve University political scientist and associate professor of political science Alexander P. Lamis.
Two historical facts will keep attention on the state this fall: First, no Republican has ever been elected president without carrying Ohio; and second, the historic 2006 election in Ohio witnessed a remarkable Democratic Party comeback after a generation of Republican dominance in the state.
To provide background on Ohio's important role in this election, Lamis recently completed a 72-page research paper, entitled, "The 2008 Presidential Election in Ohio: An Historical & Analytical Perspective—Plus a Prediction." The paper builds on his edited book, Ohio Politics, 2nd Edition.
Lamis is a scholar of American electoral change. In addition to articles and book chapters on elections and political parties, he is the author of an award-winning book, The Two-Party South, 2nd expanded edition, editor of Southern Politics in the 1990s, and the original editor of Ohio Politics, first published in 1994 and recently revised and updated in a second edition by Kent State University Press (with Brian Usher as his co-editor for the new edition).
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