Ohio Will Play A Big Role In The 2016 Presidential Election

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As the saying goes, " You don't win the White House unless you win Ohio."

Experts expect more presidential trips and television ads during the 2016 race than the 2012 presidential election.

Ohio State political science professor Paul Beck says Ohio is a magnet for presidential hopeful.

In the 2012 presidential race Barack Obama and Mitt Romney visited the buckeye state 73 times.

That's more than any other state. Florida got the second most visits with 58, and Virginia only had 45 visits."

Beck says it's our 18 electoral votes that interests the candidates.

"We have more electoral votes than Virginia, we have more than North Carolina, many more than Colorado, more than Nevada so we're really up there with Florida."

He says Ohio's other advantage is that we're politically competitive. "Almost equal number democrats as republicans," said Beck, "That, I think, is what makes Ohio such a prize by presidential candidates."

It could explain why Ohio led the nation in political ads during the last election. More than 219,000 ads ran in Ohio alone during the 2012 presidential race.

The national spotlight could be even brighter for the state should Gov. John Kasich throw his hat into the presidential race.

Monday in Detroit, Kasich said he's "seriously considering" pursuing the 2016 Republican presidential nomination but isn't setting a timetable for a decision.

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