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Proposed Congressional map lumps 2 Ohio GOP seats

US House member Mike Turner says a proposed new Congressional map for Ohio combines his district with that of a fellow Republican. That could set up a possible face-off.

A spokesman for Turner said today (Monday) that the plan combines the districts of Turner and U.S. Rep. Steve Austria. Turner, a former Dayton mayor, has comfortably won Ohios 3rd district in every election since 2004.

Austria is a former state senator and was elected to Congress in 2006. The 7th district has been a hotly contested district and it stretches across six central Ohio counties, including Greene and Clark Counties.

The map by GOP members of a task force is expected to be submitted to an Ohio House redistricting committee Tuesday. The committee plans to select a map Wednesday to recommend to the House floor. It would also need Senate approval.