From Ohio History Central
President Woodrow Wilson is seen visiting Columbus, Ohio on December 10, 1915.
In the Presidential Election of 1916, President Woodrow Wilson narrowly won reelection. Wilson was the Democratic candidate, while Charles Evan Hughes ran on the Republican ticket. By 1916, the Progressive Party had ceased to exist. Its members had returned to their previous party affiliations. The election was very close, but ultimately Wilson won using the campaign slogan, "He kept us out of war." Ironically, it was only a few months before the United States entered World War I.
Ohio voters supported Wilson's campaign. The election was so close that, if Ohio had chosen Hughes instead, the state's electoral college votes would have turned the election in Hughes's favor. Ohioans in urban areas tended to vote for Wilson in the Presidential Election of 1916, while rural voters chose Hughes.