Ohio House upholds GOP rep’s win in disputed race

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-controlled Ohio House has voted to uphold a GOP candidate’s victory last year in a disputed race for state representative.

State law gives the House the right to judge the election of its own members.

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 House voted 58-32 on Wednesday to let Landis’ win stand.

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

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