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Observers work to interpret GOP sweep in Ohio delivered by small percentage of voters


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) likes to say, "What's next?"

And that seems to be the question on everyone's minds after Republicans' sweeping victories across Ohio Tuesday.

Should GOP wins for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, Ohio Supreme Court and state Legislature be interpreted as a mandate for Republican policies?

Or, as the party's detractors suggest, were Tuesday's results simply the opinion of a small percentage of registered voters willing to turn out despite a lackluster Democratic contender at the top of the ticket?

Republican consultant Terry Casey says the message sent by Republican victories says a lot when coupled with the party's takeover of the U.S. Senate and its convincing gains in the U.S. House. But the former elections official says low turnout can't be ignored.

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