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“The State of Perfect Balance” is Ohio’s new business slogan but these days it might as well refer to politics. Polls again show the presidential candidates running neck and neck in Ohio, where no Republican has lost and still gone on to the White House.

At stake: 20 electoral votes in a race so tight some pundits are talking about how an electoral college tie might be resolved. The state’s blend of left-leaning cities, prosperous GOP suburbs, right-leaning farm country and up-for-grabs Appalachia have long made it a reliable barometer for the presidency. Only two Democrats — Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy –have lost Ohio and been elected president.