Candidates hungry for votes show up for Ohio food favorites

CINCINNATI (AP) — Candidates who are hungry for votes in a pivotal Ohio county often spice up their quest with Cincinnati-style chili.

It’s among the food favorites that have become a regular part of campaigning in the swing state, from the Toledo hot dogs made famous on the TV series “M.A.S.H.” to the eclectic choices at Cleveland’s West Side Market.

Republican Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, became the latest chili-partaking candidate last month with a platter heaped with spaghetti, chili and grated cheese at Price Hill Chili on the Cincinnati west side.

Such appearances can demonstrate that candidates are at home among everyday people and can share their concerns as well as their favorite foods.

And they also get a tasty break from the rubber chicken circuit.