Election 2016: Ohio Primary Blog

Mar 15, 2016

Welcome to WOSU's Election 2016: Ohio Primary Blog! This is your source, updated through the evening, for all primary coverage in Ohio. 

Update 10:50 p.m.

Most races seem to be wrapped up and put to bed. To recap:

John Kasich has won Ohio convincingly over Donald Trump. Donald Trump has won Florida, Illinois and North Carolina and has a chance in Missouri.

Hillary Clinton has won Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and has a lead in Illinois. Bernie Sanders has a slight lead in Missouri.

This will conclude our live-blog coverage of the primary. Be sure to tune to Morning Edition on 89.7 NPR News tomorrow morning for full coverage of the primary results.

Update 10:36 p.m.

With Donald Trump winning every other state, besides Ohio, Trump will continue his dominance in the race for the Republican nomination. Gov. John Kasich, after his win in Ohio, will virtually need a contested convention to have a chance at becoming the Republican nominee for president.

Trump has won Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and holds a slim lead in Missouri over Ted Cruz.

Hillary Clinton picks up major wins on this primary day, and extends her lead with wins in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

Update 9:32 p.m.

"We are going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination." - John Kasich

Update 9:25 p.m.

Couple of quotes from Kasich:

"I have to thank the people of the great state of Ohio. I love you."

"I want you to know the campaign goes on, and i want you to know that it's been my intention to make you proud... I want to remind you again tonight that I will not take the low road to the highest office in the land."

Update 9:20 p.m.

Couple of notes from Kasich's address to supporters in Berea, Ohio.

  • Opening remarks interrupted by Trump protester.
  • Surrounded by his family for address to supporters.
  • Praises Marco Rubio for efforts in election so far. Rubio dropped out about an hour before Kasich won Ohio.

Update 9:15 p.m.

John Kasich expected to address supporters any minute.

Update 9:01 p.m.

The Associated Press has declared the winner of Ohio to be Gov. John Kasich.

Update 8:48 p.m.

CNN and Fox have called the winner of Ohio to be Gov. John Kasich. The Associated Press has not called the race yet.

Update 8:40 p.m.

The Associated Press has called Ohio in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Update 8:23 p.m.

Marco Rubio has suspended his campaign.

Update 7:50 p.m.

With absentee ballots entered, Hillary Clinton and John Kasich hold leads in the presidential nomination races in Ohio.


Clinton - 69%

Sanders- 30%


Kasich- 45%

Trump- 32%

Cruz- 13%

Rubio- 7%

Update 7:30 p.m.

Polls are now closed in Ohio. We'll post absentee votes as soon as they become available.

Update 7:02 p.m.

From Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says turnout has been heavy throughout the state, especially in suburban areas. And there has been a lot of interest in the Republican races.

A few arrests and a shirtless voter... Some strange things happening so far at Ohio polling locations.

Update 6:45 p.m.

Karen Kasler from Ohio Public Radio has spoken to voters across the state about who they are voting for and why. Click the 4 audio files below to get a glimpse into the mind of the Ohio voter.

Originally post below: 4:43 p.m.

Will John Kasich win Ohio? Will Donald Trump practically seal the nomination this evening? Will Bernie Sanders pull off another upset in a Midwestern state? Will Hillary Clinton expand her lead for the nomination?

Before the real action begins, when voting ends at 7:30 p.m., check out these quick reads to prepare for the night.

WOSU News Director Mike Thompson will also be contributing to this live blog.

We are also hosting a local election blog that can be viewed here.