Democrat Danny O’Connor closed the gap on Republican Troy Balderson in the race for the 12th Congressional District seat by 190 votes Aug. 8, when Franklin County elections officials discovered that three Worthington precincts voting at the Griswold Center had not been counted Tuesday night.

Presuming no immediate changes in other counties in the sprawling district, Balderson now is up 1,564 votes over O’Connor.

It’s still not 100 percent clear that Balderson has won, though: 8,483 absentee and provisional votes still must be counted.

However, simple math shows O’Connor remains a long shot to emerge the victor. He needs to win about 57 percent of the remaining 8,483 uncounted ballots to make up the deficit. Although that might sound doable, the 8,483 total assumes every single provisional ballot will be counted and that every single uncounted ballot that was mailed overseas or to a member of the military is returned within 10 days.

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