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Ohio Provides Battleground Tour For Tourists
The presidential candidates are not the only one drawn to Ohio this election season. Â Tourists are coming to Ohio from other countries to observe presidential politics in a pivotal swing state.
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Former BBC and New York Times reporter Nicholas Wood has parlayed broad-based knowledge of current events into an international political touring company. Â He is guiding a small group of tourists from the UK and Australia around the state.
Wood says the group will begin its tour in Columbus then talk with area farmers about their concerns and visit a political science class at the University of Akron. Other stops, he says will be talks with auto workers, a polling expert in Dayton and members of an African-American church in Cleveland. Wood says the group wants to “look at all the different slices of society here.”
Wood says his “tourists” range from young to people in their eighties who are well-read and well-informed and who want to experience politics and current events up-close.
Next year, Wood plans to lead tours in Â South Africa, Kosovo, Bosnia and Northern Ireland…just to name a few.Â The average price of a tour is about $4,000. The European and Asian tours tend to cost less.
Woods says the Ohio tour will end in Washington on election day.