Ohio Democratic Leader Rescinds Deal on Ohio

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A dispute over new congressional districts lines has led the Democratic leader in the Ohio House to call off a deal with the Republican House speaker on moving the state’s presidential primary.

Democrat Armond Budish said Tuesday that redistricting hasn’t been transparent.

At a result, he says his fellow Democrats won’t support a bill to switch the 2012 primary date from March to May.

House Republicans hold a 59-40 majority.

Seven Democratic votes are needed for the primary switch to take effect immediately.

The change has been seen as noncontroversial and necessary to give lawmakers enough time to complete redistricting.

Lawmakers had voted to move the primary as part of an elections overhaul, but opponents have launched a ballot repeal effort against the new law.

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