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Ohio Lawmakers Prepared to Return to Single Primary

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Ohio lawmakers are prepared to reverse course next week and reunite the state’s two scheduled 2012 primary elections into one to be held in May.

Solely with the votes of Republicans, the General Assembly passed a law to hold dual primaries because of the uncertainty surrounding the boundaries of new congressional districts. The move was expected to cost $15 million.

The state is slated to hold a primary election for local, state, U.S. Senate, and judicial elections on March 6 and a second for Presidential and congressional races on June 12.

Under the advice of Secretary of State Jon Husted, many congressional and Presidential contenders filed their candidate petitions by Wednesday’s deadline associated with the March primary date.

The Ohio Democratic Party is circulating petitions to subject the new congressional map passed largely by Republicans to a voter referendum in November 2012. Among other things, that map creates twelve safe Republican districts and four Democratic districts.

The map splits Toledo into three districts held by U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo), Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), and Jim Jordan (R-Urbana). It redraws the Ninth District to stretch along Lake Erie from Toledo to Cleveland to pit Rep. Kaptur and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland) against each other in a 2012 Democratic primary.

Talks continue between Republicans and Democrats on a potential compromise map.

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