Election officials in Ohio's Franklin County discovered 588 uncounted ballots from Tuesday's special election in the state's 12th congressional district, and after they were counted, Democrat Danny O'Connor netted 190 votes. That cut Republican Troy Balderson's lead to 1,594 votes, with 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots left to be processed by Aug. 24. "The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system," the Franklin County Board of Elections said in a statement, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
He needs to win about 57 percent of the remaining 8,483 uncounted ballots to make up the deficit. While 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. [The Columbus Dispatch]
If the final tally shows a difference of 0.5 percentage points or less between Balderson and O'Connor, there will be an automatic recount. Either way, the two candidates will face each other again in three short months. Peter Weber