14 Dems file for Ohio’s presidential primary ballot; Weld challenging Trump

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    The longest shot for president cut it the closest here in Ohio.

    The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed John Delaney’s campaign filing for Ohio’s primary Election right before the 4 p.m. deadline Wednesday. 

    Delaney, who has been running for president since July 2017 and is polling at 0.3 percent nationally, beat the deadline by just 14 minutes — or just three minutes shy of his combined speaking minutes at all of the televised debates to date. 

    Nonetheless, the former Maryland congressman got his petitions submitted in time, as did 13 other Democrats running for president. In order of their national poll standing, the list also includes Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer, Julian Castro, Michael Bennet and Deval Patrick.

    The only mainstream candidate remaining in the race to have not filed is Marianne Williamson.

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld joins President Donald Trump as the only two Republicans to have filed in Ohio.

    The primary election is scheduled for March 17, 2020. The Secretary of State’s Office plans to announce the qualifiers for that primary ballot on Jan. 7. 

    There have only been two presidential primary polls of Democratic candidates in Ohio thus far, per tracking by RealClearPolitics. The latest came in September, with Biden and Sanders ahead of the field and within the margin of error of one another. 

    That poll also featured head-to-head matchups between Trump and three leading candidates. It found that Sanders, Biden and Warren all had between a four- and five-point lead over Trump.  

    Tyler Buchanan
    Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.