President Donald Trump’s visit to Ohio’s 12th district didn’t really play a decisive role in Tuesday’s special election despite his claims, Democrat Danny O’Connor said Thursday, while insisting he hasn’t given up on the race that still remains too close to call.
“I don’t think he knows what he is talking about,” O’Connor told CNN’s “New Day” “You can fly in, hang out here for a couple hours, fly out — you don’t walk on our roads. You don’t have kids that go to our schools. You don’t deal with the public health crisis with addiction that we have here in our state every single day.”
Republican candidate Troy Balderson is slightly ahead for the district’s House seat, and is holding a 1,754-vote lead. However, that could change after more than 8,000 provisional and absentee ballots are counted. Trump called Balderson’s status a win, and called it a “great victory.” The district’s seat has been held by a Republican for over three decades.
No matter who wins, the pair will square off again in November for a shot at a full-term term in the House.
If the margin shrinks, there will be a mandatory recount, and O’Connor said it’s important to make sure all votes are counted.
“I will be campaigning every day to November, we need to make sure that every vote is counted because when people exercise their right to vote it needs to be respected,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor said he’s proud of what his campaign did and always knew the fight would go on.
“We have an election in November and we feel great about the conversations we’re having right now,” he said. “We’ll be out campaigning today and having serious conversations with people about why they need someone to stand up for healthcare access. That’s what we want to do and we feel great.”
O’Connor, also appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” commented that if elected, he won’t be voting for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should Democrats retake control of the house.
“We really need new leadership because what we’ve seen in Washington, and I think this was demonstrated last night, the same old politics aren’t working,” said O’Connor. “The desire to fight things out in the partisan nature instead of being pragmatic isn’t getting the job done for working families. That’s why we’re having so much success here and convincing so many people to support our new version of leadership is because people recognize that we need to have change in Washington.”
He said he does not have anyone in mind for the speaker’s spot, though, as he’d have to see who is running.
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