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O’Connor Hoping Provisional Ballots Trigger Recount

Campaign says 3,000 provisional ballots could bring deadlocked race within margin for automatic recount

Danny O’Connor’s campaign said provisional ballots in Ohio tend to skew toward Democrats. (Danny O’Connor for Congress via Facebook)

A week after Election Day, Democrat Danny O’Connor’s campaign in the special election in Ohio’s 12th District is optimistic there will be a recount.

Speaking on a media call, O’Connor’s campaign team said it’s hopeful that provisional ballots yet to be counted will bring the race within the 0.5 percentage point margin that would trigger an automatic recount.

“Compared to a general vote population, provisional ballots tend to lean Democrat,” said Rachel Bloomekatz, counsel for the campaign.

Bloomkatz said there are still 3,000 outstanding provisional ballots.

The race between O’Connor and Republican Troy Balderson is still too close to call in the district, but Balderson has a 1,564-vote lead, according to The Associated Press.

The race is to finish the term of former Rep. Pat Tiberi, who resigned.

The district is historically Republican but O’Connor’s strong showing in polls led to Republican outside groups’ spending in the race. President Donald Trump also campaigned for Balderson the weekend before Election Day.

Trump carried the district in 2016 with 53 percent of the vote.

The campaign also said there have been more than 1,000 absentee ballots received by boards of elections in different jurisdictions that need to be counted. But Bloomekatz said absentee ballots tend to reflect the general vote of the counties.

“We don’t expect that number to get too much bigger,” she said.

Balderson and O’Connor will face each other in a rematch for a full term in November.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates Ohio’s 12th District, which stretches north and east of Columbus, as Tilt Republican.

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