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SUPCO Race Officially Over

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The race for an Ohio Supreme Court seat between Republican Pat Fischer and Democrat John O'Donnell is now officially over. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

O’Donnell conceded the race to Fischer, who had a 24 thousand vote lead over O’Donnell. That’s close, but it had to be within a quarter of one percent of the votes cast, or about 10 thousand votes, to trigger an automatic recount. Secretary of State spokesman Josh Eck says recounts don’t usually result in different outcomes.

“The only thing that sometimes changes a little bit is a couple of paper ballots here and there but even those are pretty accurate. So it’s not likely a recount would change the results very much.”

Only one other statewide race has ever been close enough for an automatic recount – the 1990 attorney general’s race, in which Democrat Lee Fisher got 1,234 more votes than Republican Paul Pfeifer, who’s retiring from the Supreme Court this year.