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Biden Victory Leaves Ohio Trump Supporters Wondering What's Next

Signs and flags at the pro-Trump rally at the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Nick Evans
Signs and flags at the pro-Trump rally at the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

President-elect Joe Biden won his race to the White House without carrying the state of Ohio. That means for the first time in 60 years, the state didn't help pick the president. It also leaves Ohio with millions of voters wishing the election had gone the other way.

Voters in many parts of Ohio are wondering what's next as Biden prepares to become president in January. President Donald Trump has so far refused to concedethe race, promising further legal action over the election, and most top Republicans in Ohio – including Gov. Mike DeWine and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) – have similarly declined to acknowledge Biden's victory.

In Chillicothe, Trump supporters such as Roger Dunetz claim a Biden presidency will dismantle pro-business policies on taxes and regulation created in the last four years.

"I think we're gonna go in the wrong direction," Duntez said. "I think people are gonna lose jobs."

Hundreds of Trump supporters rallied at the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday, as Biden's win was announced by the Associated Press and other major media organizations, to protest against the election results.

But Biden supporters say the president-elect will bring a uniting spirit and a better plan to handle the economy and the coronavirus pandemic – which is surging to its highest point yet in Ohio.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.