Ohio GOP reveals US House map, says fairer to Dems

JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The leader of the Ohio House has unveiled a revised plan for the state's U.S. House districts that he says is fairer to Democrats in hopes of garnering support from Democratic legislators.

Republican William Batchelder told reporters Thursday his goal is to give Democrats a chance to support a congressional map with cleaner lines, more compact districts and better representation for blacks. The state House plans a Thursday vote on the map.

Democrats are gathering signatures to challenge an initial map drafted in September, saying it's gerrymandered to favor the GOP 12-4 in a state that's split down the middle politically.

State Rep. Robert Hagan says Democrats plan to stick together to oppose a House vote on the revised map. Batchelder says he'll eventually have to quit trying for compromise.

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