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Dems hope union victory spurs Ohio House takeover
Dems fresh off Ohio union law repeal recruit teachers, other public workers for state House
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' Unionized teachers, local government officials and veterans are among public workers running for office in an effort by Ohio Democrats to take control of the state House next year.

The move comes after voters overwhelmingly rejected a collective bargaining overhaul in November that was championed by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and fellow Republicans.

Ohio has no gubernatorial recall like Wisconsin. So Democrats see a takeover of the Republican-dominated House in 2012 as their next best political option following their successful union law repeal campaign. The rejected law would have limited bargaining rights of more than 350,000 teachers, police, firefighters and other government employees.

House Republicans say their policies are aimed at fixing problems, including an estimated $8 billion budget deficit, that Democrats created when they were in charge.

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