4 Dems have filed for Ohio’s presidential primary

    This voting sticker, designed by student Emily Legg, was chosen in May to be the new sticker in Ohio. Photo courtesy the Secretary of State's Office.

    With the deadline only a week away, just four Democratic presidential candidates have filed for Ohio’s 2020 primary election.

    Those four are U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. They are the only ones — out of 15 major Democratic candidates still in the running — who have filed the necessary paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office. 

    The list provided by an office spokesperson did not include any Republicans having filed as of Tuesday afternoon.

    The 2020 primary is scheduled for March 17, 2020. Voters in Arizona, Florida and Illinois will also vote on that date, about six weeks after the first contest in Iowa. 

    It’s unclear which candidates have the edge in Ohio headed into 2020. There has not been a major poll conducted here since early October, according to RealClearPolitics.

    The latest RCP average has former Vice President Joe Biden with an 11-point lead in the Democratic primary.

    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.