According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Ohio election officials last week found 588 previously uncounted votes in its highly contentious special election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District.
Per the report, officials found the votes in a Columbus suburb, finding Democratic candidate Danny O’Connor 190 more votes and narrowing his race against his Republican rival Troy Balderson to 1,564 votes.
🚨 6:05 PM UPDATE 🚨
We just netted 190 VOTES from Franklin County!
We’re confident DANNY WILL WIN once ALL the votes are counted, but we spent EVERYTHING we had on the Special Election.
Please donate $5 to make sure EVERY LAST VOTE is counted fairly.https://t.co/c4xUZd1ngr
— Danny O’Connor (@dannyoconnor1) August 8, 2018
The Franklin County Board of Elections said in a news release:
“The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system.”
O’Connor refuses to concede the race until all votes have been counted. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots still haven’t been counted. The deadline to count all votes is reportedly Aug. 24.
Republicans had expected this special election to be a slam dunk, as Balderson was endorsed by Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) and President Trump himself. But they were ill-prepared for such a high level of Democratic enthusiasm ahead of the November midterms.
Republicans desperately hope to maintain control of the House in November’s midterms, which poses a stiff challenge to Democratic contenders, who have to flip 23 seats in order to win the majority. Demographically, many of the seats up for grabs are in suburban districts similar to Ohio’s 12th District.