- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio House committee has approved a bill moving the date of Ohio’s 2016 primary election back a week.

The bill passed by the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on Tuesday would move the primary to March 15 in 2016. It’s currently set for March 8, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the month.

Sponsoring Rep. Mike Dovilla, a Berea (buh-REE’-uh) Republican, says the date change would meet newly-set Republican National Committee rules that take delegates from states that hold their primaries too early.

Democrats voted against the bill. They said that moving the primary to May 3 or after would help both parties maximize their delegates.

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