2 Votes Apiece For GOP Voters In Coveted Ohio; Only 1 Counts
Every Republican primary voter in Ohio has two opportunities to vote for president, in a ballot twist that's only escalating the potential confusion caused by the party's large and fractious field of candidates.
GOP ballots for the March 15 primary feature two boxes for president, one for designating an at-large presidential delegate and one for designating a delegate for the voter's congressional district. It's a carry-over from a time when Ohio's Republican vote was divided proportionally, rather than in the winner-take-all fashion being used in 2016.
The Secretary of State's office says both boxes will be tallied. However, Republicans say only the at-large vote will count.
Further complicating matters? Ballots still list 11 Republican at-large presidential candidates and up to 10 district candidates. Only four remain in the primary race.