Close race continues between Troy Balderson and Danny O'Connor
Students on campus have differing views on who they think will win the election
Nearly three weeks after the Aug. 7 special election, Troy Balderson was declared the winner with a lead of 1,680 votes, to The Associated Press. It was a 0.8 percent margin of victory, which is just above the threshold to require a recount.
With less than a week away from the Nov. 6 general election, O’Connor has raised significantly more in campaign funds than Balderson. The Federal Election Commission O’Connor had $879,369 on hand compared to Balderson’s $176,009 as of Oct. 26. Polling site Real Clear Politics said the race “leans GOP.”
Jane Timken, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, said the race is going to be close, but turnout will be better in the general election than in the special election. She also said O’Connor has a lot of out-of-state money pouring into his campaign, which makes the race difficult for Balderson.
In early October, Vice President Mike Pence a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. for Balderson. At the time of the fundraiser, Balderson had less than $100,000 in campaign funds, and O’Connor had $1 million.
Laurleena Todd, a junior health communications major, said she supports O’Connor but thinks Balderson will win.
Marybeth Curtis, a freshman history major, said she will on Nov. 6 and thinks O’Connor will win.
The District 12 seat was by Republican Pat Tiberi until he resigned last October. Balderson’s state Senate seat will filled after the election. That individual will have to run for a full Senate term in 2020.
The O’Connor campaign did not respond to request for comment.