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Dems Pick Up House Seat In Ohio 15

The vote counters giveth, and the vote counters taketh away.

First, sorry about that lisp.

And second, less than a day after Republicans learned they would gain a seat in the House by virtue of the upset victory of Anh "Joseph" Cao over indicted Dem incumbent William Jefferson in Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District they got bad news in Ohio's 15th CD. The seat, which was being vacated by retiring Republican Deborah Pryce, has been won by Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy, who battled Pryce to a near draw in their 2006 contest. This time, Kilroy defeated GOP state Sen. Steve Stivers by just over 2,000 votes after provisional ballots were counted. Until that time, Stivers had held a 594-vote lead.

It's been 42 years since a Democrat last held the seat, which is centered in Columbus/Franklin County.