Suburban Central Ohio To Play Host To DNC Debate

Westerville’s Otterbein University Will Be Site for October Debate

COLUMBUS — The setting for the Democratic National Committee’s next presidential debate — Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, a Franklin County suburb that has trended blue over the past six years — highlights once again how suburban voters will play a major role in the 2020 election, both in the Buckeye State and across the country.

“What we’ve seen in the suburbs of Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and other cities mirrors what has happened in places like Harris County, Texas, and Orange County, California — suburban voters, particularly women, are backing Democratic candidates in response to the broken promises and toxic agenda of Donald Trump,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “In 2018, Ohio House Democrats flipped six seats from red to blue, and those pickups came in suburban communities like Westerville. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s seven-point victory was powered not just by traditional Democratic voters, but by historic gains in our suburbs. Trump is underwater in Ohio — his net approval rating here has dropped 19 percentage points since he took office — and a primary cause is that suburban voters are fleeing the Republican Party in droves.”

In a new memo released today, Pepper detailed how suburban Ohio is a golden opportunity for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in 2020.

From the memo:

… sizeable suburban communities like Hudson, Mason, Blue Ash and Westerville were once a key part of the Republican path to victory in Ohio, helping to offset large Democratic margins of victory in central cities. But now the GOP margins in those heavily populated suburbs are dwindling … or gone.



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