Franklin County finds votes and Ohio House race tightens


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Aug. 9 (UPI) — As final votes come in for Ohio’s 12th congressional district, the tight race between Democrat Danny O’Connor and Republican Troy Balderson has gotten even closer.

Franklin County election officials found 588 previously uncounted votes in a Columbus suburb, giving Balderson 198 more votes and O’Connor an additional 388, which tightens the race’s margin to 1,564. Green Party candidate Joe Manchik received the remaining two.

“The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system,” the Franklin County Board of Elections said in a statement.

Balderson declared victory Tuesday night, leading with 101,574 votes, or 50.2 percent of the total vote. O’Connor won 49.3 percent and had then trailed by less than 2,300 votes.