Troy Balderson declares victory in 12th Congressional District special election

Troy Balderson speaks during a rally with President Donald Trump, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Lewis Center, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Troy Balderson has declared victory over Democrat Danny O'Connor in Tuesday's 12th Congressional District special election.

Balderson is ahead of O’Connor by roughly 1,700 votes or 0.8 percent. Though all precincts are reporting, there has not been an official winner declared.

According to the Associated Press, there are at least 3,367 provisional ballots left to be reviewed.

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President Donald Trump campaigned for Balderson, arguing Republicans need to control Congress and casting the midterms as a referendum on himself.


The race is a test of voter sentiment before the general election in November when Balderson and O'Connor will battle again for the full two-year term.

As part of a speech Tuesday night Balderson said, “I’m going to promise to you that I’m going to work relentlessly for this 12th Congressional District. America is on the right path and we are going to keep it going that way.”

Statement from Danny O'Connor:

"We always knew this was going to be a close race, and while we don’t know the results quite yet, I know that this campaign left it all on the field.

There’s a lot at stake this November for the 12th District. The Republican notion that it’s more important to cut taxes for big corporations and the wealthiest among us, flies in the face of our belief that tax relief should be targeted to the working class, and that we should protect Social Security and Medicare benefits instead of showering the uber-rich with new tax cuts they don’t need.

“No matter what happens next, I’m proud to stand beside the thousands of volunteers who have made this campaign possible.”