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This years Ohio primary more important than many of the states' past contests
Timing is one factor attracting G.O.P. candidates for the March 6th voting
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER
This story is part of a special series.


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Mitt Romney addresses the Cuyahoga County Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner at Landerhaven Thursday night.
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Ohio’s presidential primary could mean more this year than many have been.  And the G.O.P. candidates are taking the state’s March 6th primary and its 66 delegates seriously.  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney courted Northeast Ohio Republicans Thursday night in his bid to win the nomination.  His visit follows another candidate’s recent Northeast Ohio stop, and comes just a few days ahead of the current frontrunner’s visit. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports ,timing is part of what’s making Ohio a priority.

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The head of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, John Green, notes that Ohio is always an important swing state in the general election. But it usually plays a lesser role in the primaries. He says part of that is because Ohio’s primary used to come later.  But that changed when the state joined the March “Super Tuesday” voting. And, Green says this year’s GOP primary could mirror what happened with Democrats four years ago.

 

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And, according to Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine, the primary hopefuls campaigning here also thinking about November.

 

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Regardless the strategies and the eventual vote tallies, Tom Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage County Tea Party, says primaries play a crucial role for voters.

 

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With Republican candidates Michelle Bachman and Herman Cain out of the primary, Zawistowski says Santorum is probably the Ohio Tea Party’s “compromise” candidate—for now.  He says Ron Paul runs a close second, followed by Newt Gingrich and then Mitt Romney. The G.O.P. candidates are taking Ohio seriously.  Santorum will be in Akron on Saturday, and Newt Gingrich was in Cleveland last week

 

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Hey Ohio! All of you who are "voting to beat Obama" need to support Ron Paul. Why?

"Ron Paul Leads President Obama in Poll of Ohio Voters"
http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/02/16/ron-paul-leads-president-obama-in-poll-of-ohio-voters/


Posted by: Jaed Deaj on February 16, 2012 11:02AM
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