The final special election of 2018 for Ohio’s 12th District may be forced into an automatic recount as Republican candidate Troy Balderson is neck-and-neck with Democrat Danny O’Connor.
According to election officials, more than 8,400 outstanding ballots had yet to be counted Tuesday night and won’t be counted until later this month.
Ohio candidates can request a recount if one is not triggered automatically by the secretary of state. Just five-tenths of a point separates both opponents.
Although results aren’t finalized, Balderson declared victory Tuesday night. However, O’Connor’ has yet to concede.
“Tonight, I’m going to promise to you that I’m going to work relentlessly — relentlessly for this 12th Congressional District,” stated Balderson. “America is on the right path, and we’re going to keep it going that way.”
The winner of Tuesday’s race will automatically be up for reelection when the seat becomes available again in November.
Meanwhile, several other primaries produced clear winners and losers in multiple states.