Republican Troy Balderson Wins Ohio Congressional Special Election

Elias Hubbard
August 26, 2018

Kasich, who previously represented the 12th district, has been a prominent critic of the president.

Balderson was declared the victor by 1,680 votes out of more than 208,000 cast in the August 7 special election after Franklin County, the most populous of the seven counties in the district, certified the official results at a meeting in Columbus Friday. The margin isn't close enough to trigger an automatic recount under OH law.

The Associated Press called the race for Balderson on Friday, who defeated Democrat Danny O'Connor in a race for a three-month term in Washington.

The results fall below the 520 votes that would trigger an automatic recount throughout the state. Pat Tiberi, who retired in January.

The tight race was a test of voter sentiment before November's midterm elections, in which many models and experts are predicting a "blue wave" of Democratic wins. O'Connor's odds were considered long in the gerrymandered district, which has been held by Republicans for almost 35 years.

Balderson and O'Connor will face off again November 6, competing this time for a full two-year term in Congress.

"Rather than cleaning house, the OHIO GOP opened its dirty doors to Trump to headline their state fundraising dinner", Indivisible Columbus District 3 wrote on Facebook.

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