With that as a backdrop, a bill to set a consolidated primary date on May 22 was introduced a day ago. Yet, today a deal was struck between the Republican majority and minority party Democrats on a slightly altered map of redrawn congressional districts and to once again move a consolidated primary back to March 6.
For those tracking this at home the Ohio presidential primary moved from March 6 to May 8 to March 6 to June 12 and finally now back to March 6. That's four changes to the primary date since May:
- ...moved the primaries from March to May (HB 194)
- ...returned them to March from May (HB 319)
- ...moved the presidential and US House primaries from March to June (HB 318)
- ...proposed moving those two sets of primaries back to March (HB 369)
- ...proposed consolidating those two sets of primaries on May 22 (HB 391)
- ...consolidated the primaries on March 6 (HB 369)
To see more on the long and winding road that was the process of setting this primary date, scroll on through the Ohio history.
Update: HB 369 also shifted the filing deadline back to December 30. That will allow all remaining candidates the opportunity to file. Only Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich made the December 7 deadline.