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Secretary Of State Cautious About Reports Of Large Numbers Of Democrats Pulling GOP Ballots

Karen Kasler
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted talked to reporters at the Statehouse on primary election night.

There were suggestions all day that Democrats might be a key to a victory for John Kasich in the Republican primary in Ohio. But the state's Republican elections chief isn't sure about that.

Some have wondered if Kasich’s win is credited to Democratic voters asking for Republican ballots to vote for him, and perhaps against Donald Trump. Secretary of State Jon Husted said there’s no way to tell for certain if that’s what happened. “We have a lot of anecdotal evidence of that, but you always gotta be careful about that because remember, you register your party affiliation based on the last election," Husted said.

That last election was 2014, which was when Kasich was re-elected governor, and non-presidential years tend to be bigger for Republicans. And Husted said even though it may have felt like a general election today, he doesn’t expect this will be a record turnout even for a primary.

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