Former VP Biden to campaign for Democrats in key Ohio area

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FILE- In this June 7, 2017, file photo, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a conference in Athens. Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden opened a […]

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will try to rally Democratic support in a northeast Ohio area where Republican Donald Trump drew cross-over voters.

The gubernatorial campaign of Richard Cordray said Tuesday that Biden will headline an Oct. 29 rally at Youngstown State University. The Vindicator newspaper reported earlier that a fundraising event also is planned.

Cordray was the federal consumer protection chief in the Barack Obama administration. He’s in a tight race with Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik).

Trump did unusually well for a Republican presidential candidate in the area in 2016, boosted by blue-collar voters who traditionally went Democratic. He ran just behind Hillary Clinton in Mahoning County which includes Youngstown and won neighboring Trumbull County as he carried Ohio.

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