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I didn’t watch the news yesterday, because I’d rather watch tennis than actually have to pay attention to the 24-hour newscycle of doom and disappointment. The big news this week was the Ohio special election for the 12th congressional district. The district has always been a GOP stronghold, and Donald Trump won the district by 11-points. Democratic candidate Danny O’Connor went head-to-head with Republican Troy Balderson. Trump went to Ohio to stump for Balderson, and Trump took a big, personal interest in this election. And the result is… probably a recount. What separates Balderson and O’Connor is less than 2,000 votes.
Republicans appeared to have held off a Democratic surge on Tuesday in a traditionally conservative Ohio district many Democrats had hoped would serve up an unlikely victory and boost their chances of sweeping wins in November’s midterm elections. With a margin of 50.2% to 49.3%, the Republican Troy Balderson was narrowly ahead of the Democrat Danny O’Connor on Tuesday night in a congressional special election sparked by the resignation of the longtime incumbent Pat Tiberi to take a private sector job.