GOP aims to bolster majorities in Ohio Legislature

By ANN SANNER

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans in the Ohio Legislature are aiming to build on their majorities in both chambers this fall.

They're hoping that voters give them credit for keeping the state's unemployment rate below the national rate and forget about a contentious collective bargaining law that voters rejected at the polls last year.

Ohioans will choose all 99 House members, along with 18 of 33 state senators on Nov. 6.

It's a longshot for Democrats to take control of the state Senate, where the GOP holds a 23-10 advantage.

Republicans have a 59-40 edge in the House. But Democrats are hoping to hang on to enough seats there to keep Republicans from being able to override vetoes, place constitutional amendments before voters and more easily pull off legislative maneuvers.

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