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New swing state poll shows frontrunners leading in Ohio, but others are gaining traction
Poll focusing on swing states finds Kasich leading among republicans

The major party frontrunners are leading the most recent presidential poll in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. But Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports two other candidates are moving up in the Buckeye State.  
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Columbus hosts Koch brothers' national conference
Thousands of conservatives will be in Columbus for the conference

Thousands of conservatives from around the country are expected in Columbus this weekend to hear from some of the Republican candidates for president. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler has details on the national conference of the Koch brothers backed group Americans for Prosperity.
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Kasich pressed on Common Core
Presidential candidates attend education summit in NH

At an education summit in New Hampshire earlier today, sponsored by an education reporting website and a school choice advocacy group, six GOP presidential hopefuls explained their platform on education. As StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen reports, Ohio Governor John Kasich was there, and used a chunk of his allocated 45-minute time slot to reiterate his support of the Common Core, though he avoided mentioning the controversial math and English standards for students in grades K-through-12 by name.
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Conservative group buys ads against former governor of Ohio
The conservative ads are targeting former governor Ted Strickland

A conservative policy group will hold its annual summit in Columbus this weekend, and it’s getting a jump on the fall 2016 U.S. Senate race with a big TV ad buy. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports.
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GOP debate was Cleveland's "dress rehearsal" for next summer's RNC
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges says the debate couldn't have gone any smoother

The GOP debate in Cleveland last week gave the city and the Ohio Republican Party an opportunity for a dress rehearsal of sorts for next year's convention. Next summer, the Republican National Committee will host its convention in Cleveland, in the same arena where the debates were held this past week. Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges says he thinks the debates were a trial run for the main event next year.
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Ohio Gov. Kasich stands out in first Republican debate
Gov. Kasich made a late surge to snag the last spot in the debate and took advantage of the prime time coverage

A last minute surge in the polls put Gov. John Kasich on the prime time stage for the nation’s first Republican presidential debate of the season. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow was at the debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and takes a closer look at Kasich’s first real shot at appealing to a national crowd.
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GOP broadsides sadden Cleveland immigrants
Hispanic watch party was looking for fewer attack and more hope

Among the dozens of Republican-debate-watch parties last night (Thursday) was a gathering on Cleveland’s west side in a fledgling Colombian restaurant called Moncho’s. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that at times – during the debate over immigration – the audience collectively flinched.
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Republicans cut from prime time debate make the most of their debate
Seven runner-ups debated ahead of Thursday's prime time debate inside Quicken Loans Arena

They didn’t make the top 10, but seven runner-ups among the GOP presidential candidates got their forum in Cleveland last night, too. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Brian Bull reports their responses resonated with some conservatives and provided fodder for Democratic pot-shot.
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Kasich debate performance considered good, but no clear winner
The 10 GOP presidential hopefuls sparred at their first debate in Cleveland Thursday night

Observers of last night’s first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland say Ohio Governor John Kasich did well, but there was no clear winner.  WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports.
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What to expect in the first GOP debate in Cleveland
The “2016 Pregame” featured an all-star line-up of pundits, strategists and political experts.

While the Republican Party was putting the final touches on Quicken Loans Arena for tonight’s two debates, some political heavy hitters were in another part of Cleveland laying out some expectations for the main event at 9 p.m. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler was there.
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Ohio's GOP Sen. Portman offers thoughts on GOP debate in Cleveland
The debate sponsored by Fox News will take place at Quicken Loans Arena

The top 10 Republican presidential hopefuls will meet in Cleveland tonight for the first GOP debate of 2016.

Candidates include Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he hopes the candidates focus on national issues, such as the economy, and not just each other.
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Kasich makes the final cut for Thursday's GOP presidential debate
Thanks to late pollling, he'll be on the main stage in Cleveland

Gov. John Kasich made the cut and will be one of the candidates on the stage Thursday in Cleveland for the GOP debate. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.
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Debate helps set the stage for Cleveland for the RNC next year
City's seeing an upsurge, but problems continue

This Thursday, Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena hosts the first Republican presidential debate. It’s a little less than a year before the RNC opens its doors to at least 50,000 people in the same venue. WCPN's Brian Bull checks in with RNC organizers and city residents who hope the preparations for the convention will create an economic ripple that’s long lasting.
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Local environmentalists want candidates to focus on clean energy during debate
Conversation should focus on a "clean energy economy"

In recent presidential election cycles, the Republican hopefuls tended to focus on loosening drilling regulations as part of their energy plans. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, environmental advocates are hoping they’ll move past that in tomorrow's debate.
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New poll shows Democrats want a more competitive presidential race
The survey was conducted by the University of Akron's Bliss Institute and Zogby Analytics

Democratic voters want a more competitive presidential race. This is among today’s most recent findings from a  online poll released by the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute. The survey of was conducted by Zogby Analytics. It focused on voter satisfaction with current candidates and their opinion on whether more candidates should enter the race. John Green is director the Bliss Institute. He says Democratic voters' support of Hillary Clinton changes when another candidate enters the race.
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Gov. Kasich participates in New Hampshire pre-debate
Ohio Governor Kasich says Republicans needs to talk about more than just economic growth

UPDATE: A Bloomberg poll released today puts Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a three-way tie with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, putting them among the top 10 GOP presidential candidates. Fox News will limit the field ofcandidates on the stage in Cleveland Thursday to the top 10 as measured by five national polls.

Three days before the first Republican Party debate in Cleveland, most of the 17 candidates appeared at the Voters First Presidential forum on C-SPAN in New Hampshire Monday. Gov. John Kasich was among those who sat down with New Hampshire talk show host Jack Heath, who asked Kasich on what issue he felt the Republican Party was wrong. Kasich responded by saying his fellow Republicans need to talk about more than just economic growth.
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