presidential primary

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Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator is kicking off the second leg of his tour of the early presidential primary states. Sherrod Brown is closer to making a decision about a possible run for the White House.

Sherrod Brown said, like in Ohio, there are many Iowa communities dealing with the challenges of bad trade deals and globalization.

And Brown said people are gravitating towards his “Dignity of Work” message.

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ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Gov. John Kasich will celebrate the biggest win in his presidential campaign tonight.

It was one year ago when John Kasich won his only presidential primary – Ohio’s.

“We are going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination!” he declared on March 15, 2016,

Gov. John Kasich
New Hampshire Public Radio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has “notched” his first win of his presidential run.

He and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the first tallied votes in the first-in-the-nation primary, those coming in from the nine voters in Dixville Notch.

Kasich, who has staked his hopes of being the GOP presidential nominee on New Hampshire beat Donald Trump 3-2. Sanders shut out Hillary Clinton, 4-0.

Meanwhile, Ohio voters are expressing some mixed feelings on Kasich’s run, including those who support him.

M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

It’s five weeks before Ohio’s primary, and so far, the presidential candidates and their issues seem far removed from many Ohioans’ lives. As WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, that’s not just because those candidates have been spending all their time in New Hampshire.

Editor's note: We’ll be checking back with the B& K regularly though the 2016 election. And though this presidential field may seem more crowded than in years’ past, you can check at the bottom of this story to find some surprising parallels with the election of 1996.