Fischer, a Republican and a judge on the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, said he was “confident” the race would be called in his favor.
“There are still some votes to be counted and I respect that process,” Fischer said in an email declaring victory. “However, when all is said and done I fully expect to be officially declared the winner.”
County boards of elections must complete official canvassing no later than Nov. 29, according to state officials.
Final results within a quarter of a percentage point would trigger an automatic recount.
Republican Pat DeWine, son of the state attorney general, captured the court’s second open seat. Two of six Republicans on the 7-member court reached mandatory age limits and must retire.
The Associated Press contributed reporting.