Gov. Kasich signs bill to shift Ohio’s 2016 presidential primary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill to push the swing state’s 2016 presidential primary back by one week.

The election was set for March 8, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the month. The new law moves next year’s primary to March 15.

The Republican governor is considering a presidential run.

Republicans who control the Ohio Legislature have said the date change follows Republican National Committee rules designed to discourage states from holding primaries too early to boost their influence in the party’s nominating process.

But Democrats have said voters could be confused and potentially discouraged by the switch. Their party has argued a primary on May 3 or later would allow both parties to maximize their delegates.

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