There are still over 6,700 provisional ballots to be counted…
A special election that tested President Donald Trump’s clout and cost both parties millions of dollars in battleground Ohio was too close to call late Tuesday.
Trump took credit for the Republican candidate’s performance, calling it “a great victory,” even though the contest could be headed to a mandatory recount. The Democratic candidate, meanwhile, vowed: “We’re not stopping now.”
The candidates were locked in a razor-thin contest at last count. There were at least 3,367 provisional ballots left to be reviewed. That’s enough for O’Connor to potentially pick up enough votes to force a recount.
The Associated Press does not declare winners in races subject to an automatic recount.
The Republican president’s shadow also loomed over primary contests in four other states, none bigger than Kansas, where Trump roiled the governor’s race by opposing the GOP incumbent on the eve of the election….
President Trump and Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson are declaring victory in a hotly contested Ohio House special election, as the GOP candidate hangs onto a razor-thin lead in a race that is still too close to call.
Trump declared victory in Ohio’s nationally watched House special election on Tuesday before the race was officially called.
“When I decided to go to Ohio for Troy Balderson, he was down in early voting 64 to 36. That was not good,” Trump tweeted late Tuesday night.
“After my speech on Saturday night, there was a big turn for the better. Now Troy wins a great victory during a very tough time of the year for voting. He will win BIG in Nov.”
Balderson narrowly leads Democrat Danny O’Connor by less than a percentage point, or 1,754 votes….
Early voting is often a poor way to predict election outcomes— voters don’t always vote with the party they’re registered with.
This is Ohio’s District 12 at 100% reporting – a district that hasn’t gone to a Democrat in nearly four decades. No projected winner yet. https://politi.co/2nkIGIc