Ohio special congressional election results tighten after votes added

Published: Thursday, August 09, 2018 @ 2:58 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 09, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

Republicans are claiming victory in a closely-watched Congressional race in Ohio that is officially too close to call.

A late addition to voting tallies in Ohio’s congressional special election has further tightened the race.

The Franklin County Board of Elections said Wednesday afternoon that a routine preliminary audit identified hundreds of additional votes cast in suburban Columbus precincts.

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The elections board says the tally from the precincts in Worthington included 388 votes for Democrat Danny O’Connor and 198 for Republican Troy Balderson.

Unofficial vote tallies before those ballots were announced had Balderson leading by about 1,750 votes, with the race too close to call.

Danny O'Connor and Troy Balderson

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Franklin County Elections Board spokesman Aaron Sellers says votes from a portion of one voting location weren’t processed into the tabulation system.

Elections boards must still count hundreds of absentee and provisional ballots in the race before the final results are known

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