COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans in the Ohio Senate will keep their majority with the same number of seats next year after a Democrat fended off his GOP challenger.
State Sen. Lou Gentile (gin-TYLE'), of Steubenville, beat Republican Shane Thompson, of St. Clairsville, to keep his seat in a Democratic-leaning district in eastern Ohio.
According to unofficial results, Gentile won early Wednesday morning with almost 53 percent.
The GOP had majorities in the House and Senate going into Tuesday's election.
It was a longshot for Democrats to take control of the state Senate, where the GOP has a 23-10 advantage. Republicans will continue with that margin next year.
The GOP's victories meant that Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) should have a smoother chance of getting his budget and legislative priorities passed next session.