The map below shows the political leanings of people in and around Ohio. Darker red areas have almost entirely Republican voters, dark blue areas vote mostly for Democrats, and areas in lighter shades or in light purple are areas where the vote is usually split between parties.

Ohio map of Democratic vs. Republican areas

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Split evenly
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Ohio tends to be slightly republican based on voting results in recent elections. Compared to other nearby states, Ohio has more democratic voters. Compared to the nation as a whole, Ohio leans more republican.

Highly educated populations with bachelor’s degrees or higher tend to vote for more liberal candidates. In Ohio, 27.89% of all adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Educated women are far less likely to vote for conservatives, and in Ohio women make up 51.00% of the population.

Older Americans tend to vote more conservatively. Members of the Boomer and Silent generations (born 1928-1964) more often vote for republicans while GenX, Millennials (born 1965-1996) and younger generations consistently support democrats. The median age in Ohio is 40.2, which is older than the national median age of 38.1.

Is Ohio a political battleground? Across all types of political contests in Ohio, including state, local and presidential elections, races come within five percentage points 13% of the time.

Note: Federal, local, and state elections are weighed based on the recency of the election and the importance most voters assign to each seat.

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