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Ohio vote shows unions still a political force
Unions see Ohio victory as springboard for resurgence, boost for 2012 election
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Labor unions are celebrating one of their biggest victories in decades ' the rejection by Ohio voters of a law curbing collective bargaining rights for the state's public workers.

The vote shows organized labor remains a potent political force that can't be ignored.

Union leaders say they hope it brings about a resurgence for a labor movement long in decline and sends a strong message to other states where lawmakers are thinking about restricting union rights. But unions also want to use the outcome as a spark to help re-elect President Barack Obama and put more Democrats in office next year.

Obama praised the vote.

Ohio's Republican governor, John Kasich (KAY'-sik), says he respects the voters' decision and will spend time reflecting on the result.

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