Posted: December 7, 2008
OH-15 race resolved, Kilroy wins and no recount triggered
Ohio's 15th district congressional race has finally been decided. Mary Jo Kilroy defeated Steve Stivers by 2,311 votes. An automatic recount would have been triggered had the margin been around 1,600 votes. Resolution of this race was help up by a challenge by Stivers supporters to about 1,000 provisional ballots. The Ohio Supreme Court decided Friday that these votes were invalid. Ohio law requires that a determination be made as to the validity of all of the provisional ballots before any are counted. That is why the 26,000 other provisional ballots could not be counted until the suit was resolved. Kilroy faced an even longer delay two years ago in her race against incumbent Deborah Pryce who will retire at the end of her term. See the Dispatch coverage here.