Democrat in contested OH race ordered to pay costs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Democrat who lost a tight race for state representative has been order to pay certain court costs incurred by his opponent in last year's election.

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.

O'Farrell contested the results.

State law gives the House of Representatives the right to judge the election of its own members, and the chamber voted in May to uphold Landis' victory.

On Thursday, the state Supreme Court chief justice ordered O'Farrell to pay about $1,700 in deposition costs.

Attorneys for O'Farrell had argued the House should determine if costs were proper.

Landis' win gave Republicans a 60-vote majority, which allows them to override a governor's veto.

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