12th District rematch around the corner

The 12th District rematch between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor is just a few months away (WSYX/WTTE)

One of the highest profile races in November will be a repeat from just a few weeks ago.

Republican Troy Balderson edged out Democrat Danny O'Connor to win the special election for Ohio's 12th Congressional seat in August. Balderson's win enabled him to serve out the rest of current term. Balderson will defend his new job against the same slate of candidates he faced in August.

Longtime Rep. Pat Tiberi resigned his seat before the end of the term.

"It's going to be a hard race again," Balderson said Tuesday before heading back to Washington DC for hearings in Congress. "There are still people in the district who say, 'wait a minute, you just won in August, you're running again?'"

Balderson said the only difference in November compared to August will be the lack of attention from the national media and political groups. Both will be paying attention to other races.

"Nothing has changed at all," he said. "It's still about getting the vote out. It's still about the grassroots efforts. It's still about organizing the volunteers. It's still about hitting all the counties, as many as you can hit a day."

O'Connor missed pulling off an upset by only about 1,600 votes. His campaign barely took a break before moving on to the rematch.

"We're seeing the same enthusiasm," O'Connor said. "It hasn't tapered at all. We see people excited about our grassroots campaign."

He rallied Democratic volunteers at Ohio State Tuesday to go register voters. O'Connor said the key to a win the second time around could be college students.

"What's going to be different when people go to the polls in November? I said, 'the students will be back'," he said. "Rocky won the second time in the movies, and with how hard we're working we think we're going to do the same thing here."

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. O'Connor's volunteers went around campus checking to see if students were already registered or needed to update their registration.

The deadline to 2018 voter registration is October 9.

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