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Conservative group slams Ohio primary move
Ohio House has passed a bill delying next year's presidential primary to mid March

Jo Ingles
Zawistowski says he'd rather see proportional voter, not a winner takes all primary
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The Ohio House has passed a bill that would move the presidential primary in Ohio to March 15th instead of earlier in the month -- as it has been since the 1980s.

Lawmakers approved the change after the Republican National Committee said it would not allow any state to have a winner-takes-all status if its election were held earlier. 

Not all Republicans are happy with the change. Tom Zawistowski with the conservative group, Ohio Citizens PAC, says he wants proportional voting because it gives more conservative candidates an opportunity to win.

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“The bottom line is it is pure manipulation. It is a denial of my rights. I want to vote for the person I want to vote for in a Republican primary and I want that person and that vote to count. This move makes my vote not count.”

Some Republicans agreed with Zawistowski but, in the end, there were enough Republicans to pass the measure 56 to 41.

Democrats wanted to move the presidential primary date to May when they could get extra delegates for their convention and say the Republicans are playing political favorites by passing this bill. 

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