2018 election

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why a narrow loss by Democrat Danny O'Connor could be seen as a win in a Republican stronghold like the 12th congressional district.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Franklin County election officials notified the public on Wednesday that they missed almost 600 ballots in the unofficial tally for Tuesday’s special election. But they'll be included in the official canvass later this month.

Danny O'Connor speaks during an election night watch party at the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Westerville.
John Minchillo / AP

A late addition to voting tallies in Ohio's congressional special election has further tightened the race. Democrat Danny O’Connor now trails Republican Troy Balderson by just 1,564 votes.

Nick Evans / WOSU

More than 8,400 outstanding ballots are giving the Danny O’Connor campaign a tiny glimmer of hope in the race to represent Ohio’s 12th congressional district. But the chance of the Democrat pulling off a win looks like a bit of longshot.

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Republican candidate for governor Mike DeWine and his running mate Jon Husted announced a new wellness initiative at a campaign event on Tuesday in Cleveland. The proposed plan would first roll out for all state employees, then eventually for people on Medicaid.

Ohio 12th District Special Election Reaction

Aug 8, 2018
Troy Balderson
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The special election for Ohio's 12th district is too close to call.

Despite Republican state senator Troy Balderson’s declaration of victory, there are still thousands of provisional and absentee ballots that need to be counted.

Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio's 12th Congressional District, speaks to a crowd of supporters during an election night party Tuesday in Newark, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The nation watched a tight race in Ohio’s 12th congressional district Tuesday night. Republican candidate Troy Balderson is holding on to a narrow lead as provisional and final absentee ballots are counted.

Updated: 9:24 a.m.

This time around, TV ads featuring a stuffed toy duck squawking Aftab! – well, that just won't do it.

Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio's 12th Congressional District, speaks to a crowd of supporters during an election night party Tuesday in Newark, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Republican Troy Balderson has declared victory in the special election for Ohio’s 12th congressional district, with unofficial results showing a thin margin of victory in the normally solid-red territory.

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