Yesterday was the deadline for all candidates running for public office in Ohio to file for the March primary, including the presidential candidates.
The most common way to get on the presidential ballot is to first prove that your campaign is viable by showing that you’ve raised a certain amount of money in 20 different states, and then to file a slate of delegates.
For the GOP nomination, Ohio has 66 delegates up for grabs. Each candidate can file their own slate of 63 delegates. 48 of them are by congressional district (3 delegates for each of Ohio’s 16 districts), plus 15 “at-large” delegates. The remaining 3 delegates are at the discretion of the state party. The Ohio legislature changed this years primary so that Ohio is a winner-take-all state, no doubt in an attempt to boost Governor Kasich’s chances, knowing that he would have a natural advantage in the Ohio primary.
So, for example, if John Kasich won the Ohio primary in March, his slate of filed delegates would be the people on the convention floor who officially cast Ohio’s votes for him as the nominee. Candidates also usually file a slate of 63 alternate delegates as well.
The recruitment of the full 126 delegates and alternates are a good show of at least a minimum amount of support and organization in Ohio. Many of the candidates met that bar easily, but some did not.
Below are links to the official delegate slates filed with the Secretary of State’s office by each candidate.