Update: Late vote tally further tightens Ohio race

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - 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.

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.

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.


Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor are locked in a tight race for a coveted U.S. House seat in Ohio's congressional special election.

Balderson, a state senator, and O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder, want to complete the term of a Republican who retired in January. The race tests voter sentiment before the general election in November, when Balderson and O'Connor will battle again for the full two-year term.

After an early lead by O'Connor on Tuesday night, he and Balderson were neck and neck.

President Donald Trump campaigned for Balderson, arguing Republicans need to control Congress and casting the midterms as a referendum on himself.

A Balderson victory would buoy Republicans concerned about Trump's play in political battleground states. An O'Connor win would elate Democrats hoping for Trump backlash.


President Donald Trump has endorsed state Sen. Troy Balderson for the 12th Congressional District, saying the Ohio Republican "loves our Military, Vets & 2nd Amendment."

In tweets Saturday night, Trump calls Balderson's opponent, Democratic Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor, "a Nancy Pelosi Liberal who is WEAK on Crime & Borders." He says Balderson "is the total opposite" and has "my Full & Total Endorsement!"

Balderson and O'Connor will face off in an Aug. 7 special election to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (TEE'-behr-ee), who retired in January. Early voting for that election began recently.

The district represents all or part of Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum and Richland counties. It has been held by a Republican for 35 years, but Democrats see it as an opportunity.

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