Jobs in Ohio

The number of lost jobs in Ohio (265,000 jobs) is about 90,000 more than Bush’s margin of victory in 2000 (176,000 votes). I’d say that makes Ohio very likely to swing Democratic in 2004. And as GOP strategist Scott Reed recently pointed out, “No Republican has ever been elected president without carrying Ohio.”

Here’s the job picture in Ohio. The details are at The American Street, along with a quick look at Minnesota (likely to go Democratic again in 2004, based on the jobs situation.)