Troy Balderson overcame a huge early-voting deficit to narrowly beat Democrat Danny O’Connor in Tuesday’s nationally watched 12th Congressional District special election.

 

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the results won’t become official until possibly as many as 8,483 additional ballots are tabulated in 10 days: those from provisional voters and absentee ballots mailed in from overseas and the military.

 

The race is a test of voter sentiment before the general election in November when Balderson and O’Connor will battle again for the full two-year term.