Published Thu, Nov 10, 2011 5:11 am Dateline
Ohio Democrats say they hope to harness voters' overwhelming rejection of the state's Republican-backed union law for upcoming ballot fights and next year's races in the battleground state.
Voters on Tuesday handily rejected the state's law limiting the bargaining abilities of more than 350,000 public workers.
Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern told reporters Wednesday the party wants to cultivate the relationships they've built with some labor group members who have traditionally favored GOP candidates.
If those inroads with conservatives can be maintained, it could boost Democratic efforts to overturn changes to early voting rules and a GOP-drawn map of congressional districts.
Republicans downplay any potential carry-over effect. They point to strong approval for another Ohio ballot issue rejecting the health insurance mandate in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.