Republicans claim an Ohio House seat after recount

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrats have lost a tight Ohio House race in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County, narrowing the minority party's chances of controlling 40 seats in the next legislative session.

By hitting the 40-seat mark, Democrats could block the GOP majority from more easily placing ballot issues before voters.

Three Ohio House races had been too close to call on election night.

A recount completed Thursday in Cuyahoga County confirmed that state Rep. Mike Dovilla of Berea, the Republican incumbent, has beaten Democrat Matt Patten of Strongsville.

Meanwhile, Democrats picked up a seat in Columbiana County, giving them 39 seats to Republicans' 59.

One seat remains up in the air.

Republican Rep. Al Landis of Dover has a 15-vote edge over Democrat Joshua O'Farrell of New Philadelphia in a recount to be completed Friday.

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