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County GOP to host Ohio's first-ever straw poll

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - County Republicans in central Ohio say they are making plans for the bellwether state's first-ever straw poll.

The Franklin County Republican Party event will take place Oct. 22 at the Ohio Union on the campus of Ohio State University.

Executive Committee Chairman Doug Preisse said the straw poll will give Ohio Republicans a chance to be heard in the increasingly competitive GOP presidential primary.

No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio, and Preisse said early primary states, the media, and voters deserve the opportunity to learn where the premier swing state stands on the nomination process.

Ohio Republicans wanting to vote in the straw poll must purchase a ticket for $25.