Ohio’s Secretary of State officially certified this month’s apparent victory of Trump-backed GOP candidate Troy Balderson over his Democratic challenger Danny O’Connor Friday, reports Fox News.
The Republican candidate maintained a razor-thin margin over his liberal opponent; beating O’Connor by 1,680 votes or 0.8%.
The results fall below the 520 votes that would trigger an automatic recount throughout the state.
Balderson declared victory on August 7th despite the close margin, thanking the President for his help throughout the campaign. O’Connor slammed the Commander-in-Chief’s involvement in the race, saying the President simply “doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Balderson will have to defend his seat in the upcoming midterm elections, with Trump predicting a massive victory in an already competitive race.
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DEFEATED OHIO DEMOCRAT: Donald Trump ‘Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About’
The apparent loser in Tuesday’s highly-contested special election in Ohio slammed the President Wednesday morning; saying Trump “doesn’t know what he’s talking about” just hours after he lost to the GOP candidate.
Democrat Danny O’Connor lashed-out at the Commander-in-Chief during a recent interview on CNN, claiming Republican Troy Balderson “can have all the people he wants fly in from DC” to help sway the election.
"I don't think he knows what he's talking about," says Danny O'Connor, Democratic candidate for OH-12, of Trump backing his opponent: "Troy Balderson can have all the people he wants fly in from DC. I don't think it makes too much of a difference" https://t.co/9AtD7t8GWg pic.twitter.com/NzgA0Gdbj9
— New Day (@NewDay) August 8, 2018
The President praised Balderson’s victory on social media late Tuesday evening, saying the GOP candidate will “win big” when he defends his House seat this November.
DEMOCRAT DENIAL: Ohio Special Election Vote Count ‘DRAGS ON’
Despite GOP candidate Troy Balderson declaring victory in last week’s special election in Ohio, the vote count continues to “drag on” with the Republican clinging to a razor-thin lead.
According to Fox News, Balderson maintains a slight lead over Democrat Danny O’Connor; beating his left-wing challenger by just 1,564 votes.
“While Kansas’ tight GOP gubernatorial primary election was finally resolved Tuesday, it could be days before voters know the official result in last week’s other nail-biter race: Ohio’s special election for the 12th District House seat,” writes Fox News.
“The district, in the suburbs of Columbus, has had a Republican representative for more than three decades. While Democrats put up a fight into the final hours, Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson is ahead in the vote count and has already declared victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor,” adds the article.
“Anytime you have a close election that receives intense local and national attention, like the one we held last week for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, there will inevitably be those who seek to sow seeds of doubt about the process and call into question how the election has been administered,” said Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
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