Ohio election officials have certified state Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) as the 12th Congressional District special election winner by a 1,680-vote margin (50.1 – 49.3%). This means Rep-Elect Balderson will be sworn into Congress shortly and serve the balance of the current term. He and the man he just barely defeated, Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor (D), will again square off in the regular general election for the full two-year term.
Though the race was close, there was little doubt that the remaining absentee and provisional votes would alter the original outcome that found Balderson holding a 1,781-vote advantage. In the end, the canvass and after-vote counting led to a margin change of just 101 votes. The final turnout figure was 208,141 votes, which compares favorably to the district’s last midterm participation number (221,081).
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