Updated Mon, Sep 12, 2011 2:20 pm
A U.S. House member says a proposed new Congressional map for Ohio combines his district with that of a fellow Republican, setting up a possible faceoff.
A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Michael Turner said Monday that the plan combines the districts of Turner and U.S. Rep. Steve Austria.
Turner, a former Dayton mayor, has comfortably won his southwest Ohio district in every election since 2004.
Austria, a former state senator, was elected to Congress in 2006. His hotly contested district stretches across six central Ohio counties.
The map by GOP members of a task force is expected to be submitted to an Ohio House redistricting committee Tuesday. The committee on Tuesday plans to select a map to recommend to the House floor.
It would also need Senate approval.