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December 05, 2008

Republicans win key court ruling in Ohio

In the final disputed House race in Ohio's Fifteenth District, Republican Steve Stivers won a key legal victory as he holds onto a narrow 594-vote lead over Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy. 

From the Columbus Dispatch:

About 1,000 disputed ballots that could decide the outcome of a hotly contested central Ohio congressional race won't be counted, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

The state's highest court ordered the Franklin County Board of Elections to throw out about 1,000 provisional ballots cast in the Nov. 4 election that contained flaws such as a lack of a signature and identifying information.

The ballots could decide the outcome of two races: the 15th Congressional District, where Republican state Sen. Steve Stivers leads Democratic Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy by 594 votes, and the 19th Ohio House District, where Democrat Marian Harris holds a 40-vote lead over Republican Brad Lewis.

The ruling appears to favor Stivers, whose supporters wanted the disputed ballots to be rejected. He holds a narrow lead over Kilroy with thousands of Franklin County ballots yet to be counted.

Kilroy's campaign expressed disappointment with the ruling.

"Today the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the Franklin County Board of Elections to disenfranchise over one thousand eligible voters," it said in a statement.