Ohio GOP, Dem incumbents lose House seats; Senate recount ahead

By Julie Carr Smyth - Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two-term Republican state Rep. Dave Greenspan has lost his bid for reelection to Democrat Monique Smith in the Cleveland suburbs, while GOP challenger Gail Pavliga defeated first-term Democratic Rep. Randi Clites in the Akron area.

The Columbus-area state Senate race between Republican Rep. Stephanie Kunze and Democrat Crystal Lett was headed to a recount, with Lett trailing Kunze by 116 votes.

The results in races too early to call on Election Night came as counties around Ohio posted certified election results Wednesday. The totals still require a final sign-off by GOP Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who has until Nov. 28.

Updated totals, which included outstanding provisional votes and mail-in ballots received up to 10 days after the Nov. 3 election, showed President Donald Trump’s margin of victory in Ohio over Democrat Joe Biden shrinking slightly.

Some counties’ official results were not yet available.

By Julie Carr Smyth

Associated Press