Kyle Kondik

Kyle Kondik

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Ohio University Press author Kyle Kondik has won the Bowling Green Center for Archival Collections’ Local History Publication Award


Ohio University Press author Kyle Kondik has won the Bowling Green Center for Archival Collections’ Local History Publication Award for his 2016 book The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President. Kondik, a 2006 Scripps alumnus and a widely cited expert on American elections, digs deep into Ohio’s political history to identify which places in Ohio have had the most influence on the statewide result. The award is for literary merit, overall significance and contribution to explaining and understanding the history of the region.

Akron Beacon Journal has commented that, “[Kondik] crunches election numbers into entertaining narrative about the state’s defining role in presidential elections since 1896.” Thomas Suddes, political columnist for Northeast Ohio Media Group and Cleveland Plain Dealer, recommends The Bellwether as “…a must-have for understanding Ohio’s record of backing White House winners every four years.”

The Bellwether is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Ohio University Press and from local booksellers. Read more about Kondik and The Bellwether, or hear Kondik discuss Ohio’s voting record on NPR’s morning Edition.