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Ohio Voters Repeal SB 5

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Charlene Petties, a custodian for the Columbus City schools supports the repeal of Senate Bill 5 during a rally, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohioan voters on Tuesday had the choice of retaining or jettisoning restrictions on how 350,000 workers can negotiate with the governments in the state. Labor and business interests poured more than $30 million into the nationally watched campaign.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

It's a much needed win for labor, which spent millions over the summer in Wisconsin, on a state Senate recall campaign that was also prompted by a backlash against a measure to limit collective bargaining for public employees that was backed by Republicans. Democrats picked up two state Senate seats in the Badger State, but failed to pick up a third, which would have handed them control of the upper chamber. "Today's defeat of Issue 2 is a major victory for working families in Ohio and across the country," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a statement. "Ohio's working people successfully fought back against lies pushed by shadowy multi-national corporations and their anonymous front groups that attempted to scapegoat public service employees and everyone they serve by assaulting collective bargaining rights." The repeal is also a blow to Kasich, whose approval numbers have already been lousy this year. Republicans in the state who supported the measure will also have to carry the baggage of vouching for something that was overturned. And looking ahead to 2012, that's something that could potentially affect races at the federal level, as Democrats will surely blast Republicans who supported SB 5 and cast its repeal as a rejection of the GOP agenda. Likely Republican Senate nominee and state Treasurer Josh Mandel supported SB 5, and on a recent trip to Ohio, Mitt Romney seemed to provide different answers to the question of where he stood on the measure -- saying he supported it a day after appearing to distance himself.

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