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Republicans gained most new partisan voters in March

  • 5:21 pm Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The Republican Party gained more unaffiliated voters in the March primary than Democrats and three times as many Democrats switched to a Republican ballot compared to Republicans switching, according to data released on Tuesday by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

“The numbers suggest the Republicans benefited from a more engaged and energetic primary when compared to the Democrats,” said Mark Caleb Smith, director of Cedarville University’s Center for Political Studies. “These numbers, however, do not tell us much more than that. We do not know whether these were temporary decisions due to the unique nature of (Donald) Trump’s candidacy and [More]

Donald Trump team: Paul Ryan not fit to be speaker

  • 12:02 pm Friday, May 6th, 2016 by Staff Writer

In an interview with CNN Friday, Donald Trump spokes person Katrina Pierson said Paul Ryan is not fit to be speaker if he can’t support Trump as the Republican nominee.

Read the CNN story here

Earlier this week Ryan said he wasn’t ready to back Trump. The comments were the biggest case yet of a Republican leader not falling in line with the party.

As speaker of the House, Ryan is also the highest ranking Republican in the federal government and will be the chair of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

“He talks about unity but what is this about [More]

How to go: The Daily Show is coming to Ohio

  • 5:01 pm Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The Daily Show is coming to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention in July.

From July 19-22, the satirical Comedy Central news show featuring Trevor Noah will broadcast from the Breen Center for the Performing Arts.

If you want to attend, you need to make online reservations. The tickets are free. Here’s the details on how to go

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John Kasich 4th in new Michigan poll

  • 10:43 am Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is looking ahead to Michigan’s March 8 primary and a new poll shows he has some work to do there.

With polls in South Carolina showing Kasich near the bottom, and a slew of southern states set to vote on Super Tuesday, March 1, Kasich is focusing on March 8 and March 15, when Ohio holds its primary.

The new Detroit News/WDIV-TV poll shows Donald Trump way out in front in Michigan with 25 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is in second with 15, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is third with 12 percent and Kasich is fourth [More]

Who is Karen Kasich? 6 things about John Kasich’s wife

  • 6:56 pm Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Staff Writer

By Laura Bischoff

Columbus Bureau

Here’s a look at Ohio first lady Karen Kasich. Now that her husband, John, is getting some national attention, here’s 6 things to know about her:

1 Karen Waldbillig Kasich is an Ohio State University graduate and a native of Upper Arlington, a Columbus suburb.

2 She ran the 2010 Air Force Marathon in 4 hours, 10 minutes and 10 seconds.

She said running through the “chute” of planes just before the finish line gave her chills.

Taking part in her second marathon, Kasich, 46, finished in 4 hours, 10 minutes and 10 seconds. She was greeted at the finish by [More]

What did John Kasich say? A look at some of his best speeches

  • 5:59 pm Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Staff Writer

By Laura Bischoff

Columbus Bureau

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is known to Ohioans for some wacky comments over the years.

His State of the State speeches often last longer than an hour and he often speaks without a speech. When he’s scripted like he was at the 2012 Republican convention in Tampa, he can be good. Some political pundits even said he was one of the best speakers at the convention.

But more often than not, he goes without a script. No doubt national press and political pundits will hang on his every word and dissect his message.

Here is a quick guide to some [More]

What is political world saying about John Kasich today?

  • 4:11 pm Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s second place finish in New Hampshire has lit a fire under his campaign. He defeated establishment candidates Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie and is trying to establish himself as the establishment candidate.

Here’s a look at what political pundits, elected officials and others were saying about Kasich today:

“He (Kasich) talks about closing military bases, and most people in South Carolina, we have a lot of military infrastructure and we need to draw up our military.” – South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is supporting Bush, told the New York Times.

Kasich is everything Trump is [More]

John Kasich in New Hampshire: Latest polls and video

  • 5:52 pm Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Ohio Governor John Kasich has said repeatedly he needs to do well in New Hampshire to keep his presidential campaign going.

Here’s a look at some highlights from Kasich’s last full day on the trail ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

CNN poll has Kasich at 10%, in 4th place

The last CNN/WMUR poll shows Kasich in fourth place, but just four points behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who is in third. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in second at 17 percent and Donald Trump is way out in first at 31 percent.

Behind Kasich is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7 percent. See [More]

John Kasich tied for 2nd in new New Hampshire poll; Trump in 1st

  • 12:51 pm Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Staff Writer

With the New Hampshire primary just less than a month away, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is now in second place in the state, according to the newest poll by Monmouth University.

Donald Trump still leads the Republican field with 32 percent, up from 26 in the last poll in November.

Kasich is at 14 percent, tied with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in third at 12.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is at 8 percent, Carly Fiorina is at 5, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is tied with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 4.

Ben Carson, who had been [More]

GOP Debate tonight: Join us on Twitter, WHIO Radio

  • 11:55 pm Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 by Staff Writer

The second Republican debate night is tonight with debates at 6 and 8 p.m. tonight on CNN.

The debates will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. One of our Washington Bureau reporters Daniel Malloy is there and will have coverage of the debate later today.


At 6, join us on Twitter at @Ohio_Politics as we cover the first debate featuring the candidates currently lowest in the polls. The latest CNN numbers show none of these candidates even have 2 percent support. The candidates in the first debate are former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. [More]