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Ohio swing voters are turning away from Trump — but the Democrat they like isn’t even allowed to run

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Ohio voters who backed President Donald Trump in 2016 but voted for Democrats in the past say they want a return to normalcy, but their preferred candidate isn’t even allowed to run for the White House.

A recent focus group in Bowling Green that included 12 swing voters — half of whom voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and then backed Hillary Clinton, and half who backed Barack Obama and flipped to Trump — are ready for change but nostalgic for the recent past, reported Axios.

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Five out of six Obama/Trump voters said they would vote for the last president again, if he wasn’t constitutionally barred from running again.

“If it were someone like Obama then maybe I’d vote against Trump,” said Christopher Martinez, a 42-year-old IT specialist who backed Trump. “Somebody that’s very honest and transparent.”

“I think this country needs a sense of calmness,” said Brenda R., a 62-year-old Obama/Trump voter.

So far, none of the 18 Democrats who are officially running have gained much traction in rural Ohio, but it seems that swing voters who backed Trump are regretful of their choice.

“I wanted something new and different to shake it up in a more positive way,” Brenda R. said.

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“I will definitely not vote for Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren,” said Christopher DiRando, a 24-year-old high school teacher and Trump voter. “I just want to see a level-headed, competent person.”

All but two of the dozen participants admitted they voted against the other candidate in 2016, rather than picking the candidate they actually liked.

“I didn’t want [Clinton] to be president,” said Frederick W., a 23-year-old Trump voter. “I liked Trump more because he’s real. We knew what we were getting into when we voted for him.”

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England pubs reopen on US Independence Day — after first nationwide closure since 1665’s Great Plague

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The streets of Soho filled with merry drinkers in London on Saturday and the pubs of Manchester were packed as England's hospitality sector returned from a three-month coronavirus hiatus.

"It feels amazing," said Leo Richard Bill, a soldier, after getting through the door of one of London's buzziest restaurants on the Thames River's popular south bank.

"It’s been what, like three months since... me and everyone else haven’t been able to get outside and have a good time. So yeah, it feels good to get amongst it," he said.

Parts of London and other cities, deserted during lockdown, sprang to life as people dressed up and came out for "Super Saturday" -- the day England's hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.

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Trump’s angry words and Coronavirus surge darken Independence Day weekend in America

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The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.

Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain.

Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.

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‘Spoiler’ Kanye West mocked for running for president against his pal Trump: ‘2020 never fails to disappoint’

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President Donald Trump appears to have lost the support of one of his most well-known Black supporters as Kanye West announced on Saturday that he is running for president.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West posted on Twitter, with the hashtag #2020VISION.

The musician was mocked for his presidential bid, here's some of what people were saying:

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