On Tuesday night, Republican candidate Troy Balderson narrowly defeated Democrat Danny O’Connor in the Ohio congressional special election.
In fact, the race was so close that Balderson earned only 1,754 votes more than his Democratic challenger.
In a stunning development, Ohio officials announced on Wednesday that they have “found” hundreds of previously uncounted ballots in one Ohio county. The oversight made the still unconfirmed race even tighter — in favor of the Democrat.
“Election officials in Franklin County found 588 previously uncounted votes in a Columbus suburb. The result: O'Connor had a net gain of 190 votes, bringing the race’s margin down to 1,564,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The Franklin County Board of Elections claimed the votes from a “portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system.”
O’Connor seized upon the updated vote tally in a tweet on Wednesday, saying he believes he will win after all the votes are counted. He also asked supporters for more money.
“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,” O’Connor tweeted. "Please donate $5 to make sure EVERY LAST VOTE is counted fairly.”
Balderson earned the important endorsement of President Donald Trump, which likely gave him the edge in the race. He was also backed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
"When I decided to go to Ohio for Troy Balderson, he was down in early voting 64 to 36. That was not good. After my speech on Saturday night, there was a big turn for the better," Trump tweeted. "Now Troy wins a great victory during a very tough time of the year for voting. He will win BIG in Nov."
The president also predicted that Republicans will continue to win big.
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