YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the Mahoning Valley on Monday for the second time in four weeks, which as of late is becoming common for politicians campaigning for votes.
Part of his trip was to promote Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who recently held a rally at Youngstown’s East High School at the end of July.
But do voters even care about these stops in the Valley?
From 1900-2012, Ohio has cast its electoral college votes for the winning nominee 93 percent of the time, more than any other state.
“The most effective campaigning is face-to-face campaigning, knocking on doors, exchanging with voters,” said Mahoning County GOP Chairman Mark Munroe.
Ohio has 18 electoral votes up for grabs in November, and the most recent polls show a close race.
Emerson College has Clinton and Trump tied at 43 percent, while Monmouth College is giving a four percent advantage to Clinton.
Some local voters say they’re happy that the nominees are vying for their vote.
“I think it’s great, because it gets the candidates out here and gets them some recognition,” said Bonnie Beckett of Alliance.
And some say these face-to-face visits could be enough to sway a few votes in the end.
“Yes, it could, because if they’re personable about it, and they seem trustworthy in the way they greet you, it makes a big difference,” said Frank Zetts of Boardman.”It shows that they have some concern, that they care a little bit about the Valley, concerned about jobs and stuff.”
The last president to win an election but not win in Ohio was John F. Kennedy in 1960.