From 'Ohio of India' to the real one for political lessons

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  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2016 photo, Anil Yadav, one the political professionals from India participating in the University of Akron's new International Campaign Fellows program, speaks with other volunteers at a campaign field office in Columbus, Ohio. Fellows from India, Liberia and Brazil are taking and sharing lessons on U.S. battleground politics and grassroots campaigning through the program this fall. (University of Akron ICF Program via AP)

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2016 photo, Anil Yadav, one the political professionals from India participating in the University of Akron's new International Campaign Fellows program, speaks with other volunteers at a campaign field office in Columbus,... Ohio. Fellows from India, Liberia and Brazil are taking and sharing lessons on U.S. battleground politics and grassroots campaigning through the program this fall. (University of Akron ICF Program via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2016 photo, Anil Yadav, one the political professionals from India participating in the University of Akron's new International Campaign Fellows program, speaks with other volunteers at a campaign field office in Columbus, Ohio. Fellows from India, Liberia and Brazil are taking and sharing lessons on U.S. battleground politics and grassroots campaigning through the program this fall. (University of Akron ICF Program via AP)

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2016 photo, Anil Yadav, one the political professionals from India participating in the University of Akron's new International Campaign Fellows program, speaks with other volunteers at a campaign field office in Columbus,... Ohio. Fellows from India, Liberia and Brazil are taking and sharing lessons on U.S. battleground politics and grassroots campaigning through the program this fall. (University of Akron ICF Program via AP) (The Associated Press)

Eight political professionals from "the Ohio of India" are working at campaign offices in the American bellwether state as part of an international fellowship program.

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Liberians and Brazilians will arrive soon.

They're all University of Akron International Campaign Fellows. It's a new program that allows students to swap campaign lessons with the battleground state.

The fellows are high-ranking professionals at home — political scientists, communications specialists and strategists from India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh (OOT'-uhr pruh-DEHSH').

U.P. is nicknamed "the Ohio of India" because the large number of legislators it sends to the national Parliament gives it huge sway in who becomes prime minister.

No Republican has won the White House without Ohio, and the last Democrat who did was John F. Kennedy in 1960.