Danny O’Connor wins Democratic, Troy Balderson wins GOP nominations for District 12

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Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor has won the Democratic primary for the central Ohio congressional seat formerly held by Republican Pat Tiberi.

The chance at a rare opening in Ohio’s 12th congressional district attracted seven Democrats into the race.

Democrat Conor Lamb’s razor-thin victory earlier in March in a Pennsylvania congressional district that heavily supported GOP President Donald Trump is buoying Democrats’ hopes they can take control of the Ohio district.

The district had been controlled by Republicans for 35 years when Tiberi retired in January. Tiberi was among a group of establishment Republicans who left office or announced their retirements from Congress under Trump. Many of the districts, like Tiberi’s, are solidly Republican but are now seen as politically vulnerable.

As of 11pm Tuesday, fewer than 1,000 votes separated State Senator Troy Balderson and Liberty Township Trustee Melanie Leneghan on the Republican side. However, Balderson was declared the winner by the Associated Press. 

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