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3 GOP incumbents in Ohio House face uncertain fate

4:14 PM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Republicans in the Ohio House are still waiting to see if three GOP incumbents keep their seats.

Victories for Reps. Mike Dovilla of Berea, Al Landis of Dover, and Craig Newbold of Columbiana would only strengthen the 58-38 majority the GOP held after Election Day.

But losses could mean added negotiating power for Democrats in the next two-year legislative session.

All that will be determined by a count of provisional and absentee ballots that begins on Nov. 17.

According to unofficial results, Dovilla leads Democrat Matt Patten by 305 votes; Landis leads Democrat Joshua O'Farrell by 260 votes; and Newbold trails Democrat Nick Barborak by 383 votes.

If the final spread's less than one quarter of one percent, it means an automatic recount. That would take the process into December.

Associated Press

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