Panel upholds disputed GOP win in Ohio House race

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican-controlled legislative committee has voted along party lines to uphold a GOP candidate’s victory last year in a disputed Ohio House race.

Democrat Josh O’Farrell lost his bid to unseat Republican Rep. Al Landis by eight votes in November. The district covers Tuscarawas (tus-kuh-RAW’-uhs) and part of Holmes counties.

The race’s outcome determines whether Republicans have a 60-vote majority in the House. That majority allows Republicans to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot or override a governor’s veto without a Democratic vote.

Democrats argued Tuesday there were multiple election irregularities involving provisional and absentee ballots that could have changed the race’s outcome.

State law allows the House the right to judge the election of its own members. The full Republican-led House must still vote on the committee’s recommendations.

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