WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about how a race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton might play out in the critical swing state of Ohio this fall.

Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee for president. Anyone with an elementary grasp of mathematics has known that for some time now.

The once-gargantuan field of GOP presidential candidates dwindled in recent weeks to three – Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich. And, after Trump's thumping of Cruz Tuesday in Indiana, it was finally down to one, with first Cruz and then Kasich falling on their swords and crying "uncle."


Soon after Tuesday's Indiana primaries, both Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspended their campaigns, leaving Donald Trump the apparent GOP nominee. And even though Bernie Sanders pulled out a narrow win over Hillary Clinton, it is all but certain she will be the Democratic nominee. So at this point it looks as if the candidates who will run in the general election are two people who, according to recent polls, most Americans just do not like all that much. And members of both parties are left asking, "Now what?" 

Hamilton County Board of Elections

The Hamilton County Board of Elections unanimously voted Tuesday morning on a lease agreement for a new home in Norwood, on the site of the former General Motors plant.

In January, the board of elections, now located at 824 Broadway Downtown, will move all of its operations into Norwood's Central Parke office complex on Smith Road.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked Monday morning with Jay Hanselman about Tuesday's presidential primary in Indiana. Will Hoosier Republicans help Donald Trump secure the GOP presidential nomination; or will they knock him off track by going for Ted Cruz of Texas?

The past seven days may well have been the most bizarre week of presidential politics in our lifetimes.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the arrangement announced Sunday night by the campaigns of Ted Cruz and John Kasich aimed at stopping Donald Trump from winning a first-ballot victory at the Republican National Convention. Kasich will give Cruz a clear path in Indiana's May 3 primary, while Cruz will get out of Kasich's way in the primaries of Oregon and New Mexico. 

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about whether or not it is inevitable that the GOP will have a contested convention in Cleveland in July and Donald Trump's claims that the delegate session process is rigged against him. 

  Maybe, if you believe in April's polling as a predictor of what could happen in the Nov. 8 presidential election, the Republicans already have a candidate who could beat the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, in the Electoral College.

Whoop her by a long shot, in fact.

That candidate would be the governor of Ohio, John Kasich.

However, there is a big problem with this theory – not nearly enough Republican voters are casting ballots for him in the primaries and caucuses.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the state of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. A few weeks ago, it seemed inevitable that Donald Trump could not be stopped. Now, the chances that he will go to the convention with less delegates than he needs to win on the first ballot seem more and more likely. 


The current presidential campaign is the most unusual in recent memory, with unconventional candidates and campaigns that continue to confound political pundits. And the way candidates are using social media has been a major reason political experts can't seem to get a handle on this election.

For local political party leaders, the trouble with presidential election years is that they don't happen in a vacuum.

While there is no more important decision voters will make on Nov. 8 than who will be the 45th President of the United States, a county party chairman has to worry about all the down-ticket races as well – the county commissioners, the county office-holders, the local judgeships.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the impact President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court could have on Ohio's U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Rob Portman and Democratic challenger Ted Strickland. 

It was not as if Ohio's junior U.S. senator, Rob Portman of Terrace Park, didn't have enough headaches to deal with in his bid for a second six-year term when the conundrum of President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland came along.

The Democratic Party leadership in Washington already saw Portman as vulnerable; and an important key to the Democrats' ambitions to re-take control of the U.S. Senate in November. It is not, by any means, a pie-in-the-sky ambition.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Cincinnati Tuesday morning for a high-dollar private fundraiser for former Ohio governor Ted Strickland's U.S. Senate campaign.