AP NEWS

Danny O’Connor’s lead narrows as more votes reported in 12th Congressional District special election

August 8, 2018

Danny O’Connor’s lead narrows as more votes reported in 12th Congressional District special election

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Democrat Danny O’Connor is maintaining the slimmest of leads over Republican Troy Balderson in the 12th Congressional District special election.

As more votes have been counted, O’Connor’s lead has narrowed.

O’Connor had 50 percent of the vote to Balderson’s 49 percent, with about 75 percent of the precincts reporting, according to the Ohio Secretary of State. Balderson briefly went ahead as votes came in, but O’Connor moved back to a slight lead.

O’Connor was leading in Franklin County, and Balderson was ahead in the more Republican counties of Delaware, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum and Richland.

The reliably Republican district, which a Democrat has represented only once since 1940, is more competitive than usual. The seat opened up with the resignation earlier this year of GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi.

The district runs from Mansfield down to north Columbus and east to Zanesville and covers some of the most Republican areas of the entire state.

The winner will serve the remainder of the year and will have to seek re-election in November to a full, two-year term.
AP RADIO
Update hourly