Union law draws contenders into Ohio primaries

COLUMBUS (AP) — On the heels of the 2011 fight over the limits of public employee unions, teachers and other public workers are flocking to Democratic primary races across Ohio.

The party wants to regain seats in the Republican-dominated Legislature that passed the measure.

The issue also is playing a role in one GOP primary. Beavercreek Republican Eric Spicer is seeking to beat state Rep. Jerrod Martin and Greene County Commissioner Rick Perales on March 6 by touting his opposition to the defeated union law.

Newly drawn legislative districts and abortion are factors in other primaries.

Fourteen Democratic faceoffs and 18 Republican matchups for Ohio House seats are under way.

Three Republican primaries and none for Democrats are taking place for Ohio Senate seats.

Republicans have a big fundraising lead.

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