Ohio GOP state sen Troy Balderson wins U.S. house special election

Troy Balderson, a Republican candidate for the Ohio 12 constituency, speaks to a crowd of supporters during a election-night party Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Newark, Ohio.

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Republican Ohio state Sen. Troy Balderson, the winner of Ohio’s 12 electoral district has been certified on Friday, denying the upset, the Democrats, the big, they had tried to, before the November elections.

The Trump-backed Balderson had declared victory over Democrat Danny O’connor on Aug. 7, but O’connor had rejected that because of the low margin.

According to the Associated Press, after the 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 with 11 points two years ago.

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

Balderson, the seat takes was previously, by Republicans Pat Tiberi nniger, who resigned in January to another job.

But Balderson, and O’connor will face, then again in November for a full term.

The special election was a test of voter sentiment before November, the high-stakes election that will decide which political party controls the house.

Balderson victory buoys Republicans concerned about how trump was able to play with the voters, especially in political battleground states such as Ohio. O ‘Connor’ s the odds as long in the gerrymandered district that was held by Republicans for nearly 35 years.

Republicans have seized on O’connor’s comments on MSNBC about whether he would support the Democrat Nancy Pelosi for speaker, he accused O’connor to tell swing voters that he would vote against Pelosi for the speaker – although, he would support it, if the party needed him for Pelosi to get 218 votes.

Fox News, Gregg Re, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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