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Is Ohio in play? GOP tilt working against Democrats

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Gagin says he hasn t changed much politically, even as so much around him has. The attorney from rural Belmont County, Ohio, became a Republican in 2013 after Democrats embraced environmental policies that he believed were detrimental to the area s coal mining and fracking industries. As an anti-abortion-rights, pro-gun conservative, he felt unwelcome. Conservative Democrats have become all but extinct, said Gagin, who served for a time as county Republican chairman. He s among many former Democrats in blue-collar Ohio who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and for an all-GOP statewide ticket last year. Those ballots helped turn large swaths of territory along the...

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