COLUMBUS -- Ohio Republicans have emerged from last year's bitter leadership feud to unite behind a new chairman.
Elected officials backing 40-year-old Matthew Borges include Gov. John Kasich, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. An April election is scheduled.
Borges would replace Bob Bennett, a long-time chairman picked to temporaril wanted Yost to sever ties with Borges because he was convicted in 2004 of misuse of public office in a contributions-for-favors scandal that hit the office of then-Ohio Treasurer Joe Deters. Borges' record was later cleared.
Democrats are highlighting Borges' past on a website.