3 GOP incumbents in Ohio House face uncertain fate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Republicans in the Ohio House are still waiting to see if three GOP incumbents keep their seats.

Victories for Reps. Mike Dovilla of Berea, Al Landis of Dover, and Craig Newbold of Columbiana would only strengthen the 58-38 majority the GOP held after Election Day.

But losses could mean added negotiating power for Democrats in the next two-year legislative session.

All that will be determined by a count of provisional and absentee ballots that begins on Nov. 17.

According to unofficial results, Dovilla leads Democrat Matt Patten by 305 votes; Landis leads Democrat Joshua O'Farrell by 260 votes; and Newbold trails Democrat Nick Barborak (BAHR'-bohr-ak) by 383 votes.

If a spread is less than a quarter of a percent, there will be an automatic recount, taking the process into December.