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State GOP Endorses Congressional Redistricting Plan On May Ballot

Mar 28, 2018

The Ohio Republican Party voted last night to join Democrats in endorsing the legislature's congressional redistricting plan going to the ballot in May. 

ML Schultze of member station WKSU in Kent reports.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof acknowledged to the state’s GOP central committee that the way Ohio divides its congressional districts has been good to Republicans for decades. That’s because Republicans have controlled the state Legislature when it’s redrawn the map every 10 years. But Obhof cautioned things are bound to change.

“We’re not always going to have the majorities we have now and I think that’s true for the Democrats as well. It’s not just for 2021, it’s also 2031, 2041, making sure we have the right process in place.” House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger also pointed to court challenges pending in other states over their congressional maps. And he predicted a referendum that was heading to the November ballot in Ohio would have been worse for Republicans. The citizen’s groups backing that referendum have agreed to put their effort on hold and endorse the May issue.