Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the keynote speaker of the luncheon, said Ohio is “totally ground zero” for the presidential election.
And the focus she said are in purple areas of the state, like Hamilton County, that have voted Democratic and Republican in the past.
“There’s going to be a total focus on this part of the state,” she said of Southwest Ohio.
And over the course of the next month, she sees a push for voter registration and party mobilization, calling it a key.
Another key, she said, is to show the differences between the parties.
“Contrast always creates a spark,” Granholm said. “There’s such enormous contrast in this race between the Democratic Party candidate and the Republican Party candidate for president, but also the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in the direction they’ve been taking the country.
“There will be some percussiveness, I would say, but choice is what it’s all about and voters will definitely see a choice.”
Republicans have argued there is a divided Democratic Party because U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has remained in the race despite being behind in the delegate count, which the AP has reported Clinton has achieved the minimum number of delegate support to claim the party’s nomination.
But Granholm said that is “coming to an end” on the Democratic Party side.
“There’s going to be unity on the Democratic side. Democrats are totally excited about this ticket — who will she pick for vice president — and they’re especially excited to be able to point out the contrast,” she said.