COLUMBUS (WDTN) – Republican Troy Balderson is declaring victory in last night’s very close 12th District special election in Ohio, but state election officials are saying, not so fast.
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He compared Tuesday night’s special election to the 2014 midterm election.
Both had similar turnouts and were held in midterm years, the numbers of which can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.
After looking at where votes came from Tuesday night, the Democrats are optimistic despite coming up short of a victory.
In every county, Troy Balderson lost ground over how Pat Tiberi performed in the last mid-term election.
And in every county Danny O’Connor gained ground over the Democratic candidate from 2014.
“It proves that we can build a blue wave if we work hard and with good candidates,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper.
Mandi Merritt, of the Republican National Committee, said, “All this talk about a blue wave, I don’t see it. At the end of the day there is no second place in votes and congressional seats, there are no participation trophies in politics. A win is a win.”
But Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper points out it isn’t officially over yet with thousands of absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted.
“We’ll know when the votes come in and I think we owe it to the voters to not, you know, get ahead of the vote count and to see what comes in and go from there,” said Pepper.
One of the brightest spots for Democrats in this election comes from Franklin County.
You can see a shift occur from 2014 to 2018, but what caused it is purely speculation and Republicans are not overly concerned.
Merritt said, “National attention was on the focus here with Danny O’Connor and that’s not going to happen with November we are confident that our ground game is going to be mobilized and will be successful in November.”
One last thing to note, turnout for this election was lower than it was in 2014 in five of the seven counties, all of which went overwhelmingly for Balderson. Both sides expect more people to turn out to vote in the fall.