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2020 Presidential Race

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More than anything, this election is about President Trump.

For most incumbent presidents running for reelection, approval ratings really matter. With Trump, there are several different striking ways to look at those numbers. He's historically unpopular — the most unpopular incumbent ever to stand for reelection.

The candidates in the top 1% have accounted for about 78% of the ad spending in the presidential race so far, according to new numbers.

The two self-funding billionaires in the Democratic primary, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and activist business executive Tom Steyer, have spent the most by far — a combined $320 million, out of $409.8 million spent in the presidential contest up to Jan. 13.

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The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development came to Columbus Tuesday to announce new money to combat homelessness across the country – the day after a new report showed a slight increase in Ohio’s homeless population.

Russian hackers recently targeted the Ukrainian gas company that was at the center of President Trump's impeachment — and they succeeded in gaining access to its email accounts, according to California cybersecurity firm Area 1 Security.

The hackers are said to have infiltrated Burisma Holdings months after Trump urged Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had served on Burisma's board.

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President Trump used his first campaign election rally of 2020 to argue that he served up "American justice" by ordering a drone strike to take out a top Iranian commander:

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Thousands of dollars are being spent on President Trump's campaign stop in Toledo today. 

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials were in Columbus Wednesday for a trio of announcements regarding the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. 

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President Trump is scheduled to appear in Toledo Thursday for the first campaign visit of this election year.

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Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says candidates for the March presidential primary ballot have been certified.  

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As the 2020 presidential campaigns ramp up, Democrats are fine-tuning their message to voters as they try to take back the state. 

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It’s been said many times, and will be repeated often in 2020 – no Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio.

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Wednesday was the filing deadline for the March 17 presidential primary ballot. 

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Democratic U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has become the first 2020 presidential candidate to register for Ohio's March primary.  

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says paying for "Medicare for All" would require $20.5 trillion in new federal spending over a decade. That spending includes higher taxes on the wealthy but no new taxes on the middle class.

The Democratic presidential candidate released her plan to pay for Medicare for All on Friday after being dogged for months by questions of how she would finance such a sweeping overhaul of the health care system. That pressure has been intensified by the fact that Warren has made detailed proposals a central part of her brand as a candidate.

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio is one of several Republicans who have questioned President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. 

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Otterbein University hosted the fourth Democratic Presidential Debate last night. 

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When national political candidates come to a town, they attract a lot of attention.

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Several groups are using tonight's Democratic Presidential Debate at Otterbein University in Westerville to get their own messages across. 

While Congress mulls whether President Trump's phone call soliciting help from the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son is an impeachable offense, Trump's action raises another question. Did the president's requests violate campaign finance law?

Microsoft says a hacker group with ties to Iran has targeted a U.S. presidential campaign, in the latest sign that foreign governments may try to influence the 2020 election.

A 24-year-old soldier in Kansas who allegedly planned to fight with a violent far-right group in Ukraine was charged Monday with distributing bomb-making information over social media, according to the Justice Department.

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Otterbein University in Westerville will host CNN's  presentation of the fourth Democratic Presidential Primary debate.

While many Capitol Hill Republicans would like to avoid another public debate about whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and his appointees keep bringing it up — promising their own health plan that would be "phenomenal" and make the GOP "the party of health care."

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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden is the only Democrat in the race who would beat Republican President Trump if the 2020 presidential election were held today.

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On the day of his self-declared presidential campaign kickoff, President Trump is threatening to deport "millions" of immigrants in the United States illegally beginning "next week."

But what's known is far less definitive.

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Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator, democrat Sherrod Brown, says he won’t run for president in 2020.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, one of half a dozen Democratic senators running for the White House, is reintroducing a bill on Thursday that would fundamentally end the federal government's prohibition on marijuana.

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President Trump told governors yesterday that automakers are returning to Ohio and other states, a remark he’s said before that fact checkers have found to be untrue.

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