COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two tight Ohio House races are headed to recounts after official tallies put the Republican incumbents ahead of Democratic challengers.
Democrats are hoping that the official canvass required to be completed by Tuesday will give them at least 40 seats. That blocks the GOP majority from easily placing ballot issues before voters.
Three races were too close to call on election night.
Democrats are claiming a Columbiana County seat, giving them 39 seats. Two GOP incumbents lead in the other races. But with a spread less than a quarter of a percent, an automatic recount will take the process into December.
Rep. Al Landis of Dover has a 14-vote edge over Democrat Joshua O'Farrell of New Philadelphia. Rep. Mike Dovilla of Berea leads Democrat Matt Patten of Strongsville by 119 votes.