GOP Appears to Skirt Disaster in Ohio Special Election, But…

Buoyed by a dramatic last-minute rally by President Trump, Republican State Sen. Troy Balderson appeared to be inching closer to beating back a challenge by insurgent Democrat Danny O’Connor in Ohio’s special election for a vacant House seat Tuesday.

A victory in the race for Ohio’s historically conservative 12th Congressional District would deny Democrats the major upset they had sought ahead of the November midterm elections. The winner takes the seat previously held by Republican Pat Tiberi, who resigned in January to take another job.

Speaking to cheering supporters Tuesday night, Balderson said O’Connor ran a “hard race” and claimed victory. And in a tweet Tuesday night, Trump wrote that Balderson had won a “great victory during a very tough time of the year for voting.”

But O’Connor has not conceded, and said in a statement released shortly before midnight that “we don’t know the results quite yet.”