Magazine article Politics Magazine

Ohio

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Ohio

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WITH REDISTRICTING LOOMING, the race for secretary of state will be a crucial one in 2010. The open seat contest will likely determine control of the state's reapportionment board, where Democrats currently hold a 3-2 edge. "Whenever you're faced with a partisan redistricting process, there's always the desire to screw the minority party," says Herb Asher, a political science professor at Ohio State University. "And when you control [the reapportionment board], you can usually do that pretty easily." The five seats on the board are filled by two members of the state legislature, the governor, state auditor and secretary of state. Asher says the auditor's office is likely to remain in Republican hands and the Democratic and Republican legislators on the board essentially cancel one another out. That leaves control of the reapportionment board up to two races in 2010--the governor's race and secretary of state. "Democrats are in better position in the governor's race at the moment," says Asher. …

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