A stunning new report from The Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer reports that the special election to replace retiring Congressman Pat Tiberi (R) in Ohio’s 12th district just became closer. On election night, Trump-endorsed Republican candidate Troy Balderson defeated Democratic opponent Danny O’Connor. When the 202,521 votes counted on election night were counted, Balderson was in the lead by only 1,754 votes.
But media outlets, including the Associated Press, have not declared a winner in this nationally-watched election. Now, in a surprise twist, some Ohio election officials “found” 588 votes which were previously uncounted in a suburb of Columbus. After counting, O’Connor gained 190 votes. Now, Balderson’s lead is only at 1,564. A nervous moment for Republicans!
As the Franklin County Board of Elections said in a statement, “The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system.” (RELATED: RNC Releases New Ad Mocking Democrats For Celebrating ‘Moral’ Victories). Now, there are as many as 8,000 provisional and absentee ballots yet to count. O’Connor has no plans to concede and is already fundraising off of the updated vote count. Here is a tweet he sent to supporters today:
O’Connor doesn’t have to hope for many more votes to hit the threshold of a .5% or less margin, which would trigger a state law requiring a full recount. And considering the Democratic, anti-Trump leanings of many government officials, any recount would be terrible news for Balderson.
Stay tuned, as we wait and see how Democrats “find” more ballots in Ohio’s special 12th District congressional election.
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