Trump-backed candidate claims victory in special election for Ohio congressional seat


Republican Troy Balderson claimed victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor in a widely watched special congressional election Tuesday to represent Ohio’s 12th District in the House of Representatives.

With all precincts reporting, Balderson, an Ohio state senator who closely linked himself to President Trump — appearing with him at a rally last weekend — held a 0.9 percent lead over O’Connor, a county recorder and moderate Democrat.

Although the razor-thin race had not been called by any major news organizations, and was automatically going to a recount, Balderson, 56, delivered a victory speech and both the National Republican Congressional Committee and Trump put out statements declaring victory for their preferred candidate.

“After my speech on Saturday night, there was a big turn for the better,” Trump said in a tweet. “Now Troy wins a great victory during a very tough time of the year for voting. He will win BIG in Nov.”

Balderson gave a speech thanking Trump for his help in campaigning, saying he himself had “big shoes to fill” in Congress and that he would “do everything I can to make America great again.”

O’Connor, 34, however, onstage at his campaign headquarters in the central Ohio district, said the race was a “tied ballgame,” with a rematch due in November’s regular congressional election for the seat, which opened up when GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi resigned in January.

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