National Republicans are saying Troy Balderson has overcome a huge deficit among early voters to narrowly beat Democrat Danny O’Connor in the nationally watched 12th Congressional District special election.

“I’m proud that my fellow central Ohioan, Troy Balderson, will join me in Congress,” said Rep. Steve Stivers, head of the GOP’s congressional campaign committee.

“Congratulations to Congressman-Elect Balderson on his hard-fought victory tonight. Nancy Pelosi and her liberal donors flooded this district with money and ads in an attempt to buy this seat. However, Troy’s focus never wavered from the issues central Ohioans care about like fighting opioids, creating jobs, and lowering taxes.”

However, the Ohio secretary of states office still has seven precincts out, with Balderson holding a 1,700-vote lead over O’Connor, who had bolted to a 9,400-vote margin from absentee ballots in the heavily GOP 12th Congressional District.

Balderson is now up about 0.8 percentage point.

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