Report shows Ohioans switched parties in large numbers in primary

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP): New data shows swing state Ohio saw its voters sway in the presidential primary.

Voter data being released Wednesday from the state’s elections chief shows that more than three times as many Democrats cast Republican ballots in the March 15 election compared with the number of GOP voters who marked Democratic ballots.

The voter information obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release shows Ohioans who previously weren’t affiliated with a party prior to the primary also voted Republican at a higher rate.

How the party-switching translates to votes in this fall’s presidential election remains to be seen.

Voters in Ohio do not register with a political party when they sign up to vote, but are considered affiliated with the party whose ballot they cast in a primary.

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