COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic judge in Cleveland has conceded to his Republican opponent in what was an extremely tight Ohio Supreme Court race, meaning the court will continue to have six Republicans and one Democrat.
The race between Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Judge John P. O’Donnell and state appeals Judge Pat Fischer was too close to call on election night because there were more than 260,000 uncounted provisional or outstanding absentee ballots.
Those votes were counted by Wednesday, and O’Donnell conceded that Fischer won by more than the narrow margin that would trigger an automatic recount.
The court’s second open seat was captured by Republican Pat DeWine, the state attorney general’s son.
Two seats were open because two of the six Republicans on the Supreme Court reached mandatory age limits and must retire.