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Small towns benefit from campaign stops

Ohio's big cities - Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati - have seen half a dozen presidential campaign visits each this year. In those cities security costs are mounting and for some residents campaign excitement is waning. But for rural communities and small towns visited by the campaigns, the sentiment is considerably more positive.

In Zanesville, Mayor Jack Phenton says the city worked frantically to get ready for the visit.

"It created a lot of work for us and you try to keep everything organized and I think we did. And I think, it seemed like people were really thrilled that he came to Zanesville."

Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. Keith has chronicled the Trump administration from day one, putting this unorthodox presidency in context for NPR listeners, from early morning tweets to executive orders and investigations. She covered the final two years of the Obama presidency, and during the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.