Ohio County Finds 588 Uncounted Ballots: Balderson's Victory Narrows

O'Connor gains 190 votes, with over 8,000 provisional and absentee ballots left to count.

The Ohio 12th district race isn't over till it's over. I'd say it's likely Republican Troy Balderson will retain his lead of 1,564 votes, which was just narrowed by 190 when Franklin County discovered 588 uncounted ballots.

USA Today reported Wednesday night, "The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system," according to a Franklin County Board of Elections news release.

They also published Democrat Danny O'Connor's tweet begging for $5 donations because...until every vote is counted...yada yada.

I've seen enough elections in my life to know how rare it is for a 1,500+ vote lead to be overcome by provisional and absentee ballots, which tend to follow the general trend of voting, and in fact historically tend to favor Republicans slightly in this district.

So the fat lady isn't singing yet, but she's warming up to sing.

It's funny how some pundits read the tea leaves and think that a special election, won narrowly, means the Democratic wave is coming. I say a win is a win, no matter how narrow. Look at President Trump: He won by just over 70,000 votes spread over 4 states, in an electoral deus ex machina. You might say that was brilliant planning, or you might say it was dumb luck.

I tend to believe it was some result of both, with a large portion of Hillary being a terrible candidate, and Democrats in general latching on to terrible issues which will lose them races in places like Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, and the rest of the rust belt every time.

But I'll have more to say about that later.

For now, I think Balderson is safe having declared victory.

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Leftshot
Leftshot

I wonder how many of those 170+ registered voters in the 12th who are over the age of 116 voted? A county in Georgia counted twice as many ballots as registered voters in an election in May. Over 100 counties counted more ballots than voter eligible-aged adults in the 2016 Presidential elections. So, I wonder how many votes and election results are really valid?

Tmkphx1962
Tmkphx1962

There will be no blue wave. We are being told this by all th3 same people that knew Hildabeast was going to destroy trump.

E.E. Bokbok
E.E. Bokbok

Regardless of who actually ends up sitting in the seat, this election, by the numbers, sees Republicans losing about 50 seats in November in the House.

naraht
naraht

Al Franken in 2008 was down by about 700 votes at this point in the hours/days after the election, O'Connor is down by twice that in a vote with many fewer voters. In fact,I think he is still outside the range of automatic recount. If O'Connor requests, he pays, right?

Cholorob
Cholorob

@daver Electoral fraud just doesn’t happen in the US. I want to punch anyone on the right or left who implies that it does. Totally baseless.