It's Official: Ohio Republican Troy Balderson Wins US House Special Election

Chris Menahan
Aug. 25, 2018

The much-hyped "Blue Wave" failed to flip Ohio's 12th Congressional District.

From Fox News:
Republican Ohio state Sen. Troy Balderson was certified the winner of Ohio's 12th Congressional District on Friday, denying Democrats the major upset they had sought ahead of the November midterm elections.

The Trump-backed Balderson had declared victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor on Aug. 7, but O’Connor had declined to concede because of the small margin.

According to the Associated Press, after final absentee and provisional ballots were counted, Balderson defeated O'Connor by 1,680 votes — a mere 0.8-percent margin in a district Trump won by 11 points two years ago.

The result fell 520 votes outside the window to trigger an automatic recount.

Balderson takes the seat previously held by Republican Pat Tiberi, who resigned in January to take another job.

But Balderson and O’Connor will face each other again in November for a full term.
President Trump gave an entertaining speech Friday at a fundraising dinner for the Ohio Republican Party where he congratulated Balderson on his win.

"Notably absent" was Ohio Governor John Kasich, Fox News reported.

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