Ohio political party leaders weigh in on impact of election

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, in New York. Late-night hosts combined punchlines and audience therapy as they addressed Trump's victory. Conan O'Brien asked his audience Wednesday if anyone needed a hug, then joked he called his old high school bully to congratulate him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio political party leaders are offering their perspectives on the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election in the battleground state.

Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper disagrees with President-elect Donald Trump’s overall message but says Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America great again,” captured what many voters were thinking. Pepper says a Trump presidency puts pressure on GOP lawmakers who may have policy differences with Trump.

State Republican Party chairman Matt Borges says he wasn’t expecting Trump to win the state by the roughly 9-point margin that he did. Borges says he sees an opportunity to expand the party in Ohio.

Both chairmen spoke Thursday at a post-election forum, where legislative leaders also were scheduled to speak about their priorities.

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