COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is taking his State of the State speech to Ohio’s first city as the Republican presidential contender returns to the perennial battleground to deliver the annual address.
Wednesday’s speech at the Peoples Bank Theatre in historic Marietta in southeast Ohio will mark the fifth consecutive year that the address is being held outside the Statehouse in Columbus.
Located where the Muskingum and Ohio rivers meet, Marietta became the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory in 1788.
Kasich has said the city has a unique place in Ohio and American history.
The location also gives a nod, if unspoken, to Ohio’s pivotal role in American politics. No Republican has ever made it to the White House without winning Ohio, and it’s home to eight former presidents.