Backed GOPer claims victory in special election for OH congressional seat

Backed GOPer claims victory in special election for OH congressional seat

With all precincts reporting, Balderson, an OH state senator who closely linked himself to President Trump - appearing with him at a rally last weekend - held a 0.9 percent lead over O'Connor, a county recorder and moderate Democrat.

"If Democrats are winning any of these long-shots seats on Election Night, the House is probably already a lost cause for Republicans", the report notes.

On this OH district: It's been Republican really since the Great Depression.

O'Connor, 31, worked as an local official in Ohio's Franklin County a relatively moderate Democrat and campaigned on changing the health care and Social Security systems and pushed for bipartisan action in Congress. An O'Connor win would elate Democrats hoping for a Trump backlash.

Battleground Ohio was deciding the year's final special election on Tuesday, a congressional faceoff that tested anew President Donald Trump's political clout - and the appeal of his signature tax cuts.

Balderson told supporters in OH: "I'd like to thank President Trump".

Republican outside groups spent more than $5 million combined to salvage Balderson's prospects in the race after he was vastly out-raised by O'Connor.

Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich said the race shouldn't even be close, but it is.

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Republican Troy Balderson is running with Trump's endorsement in a district the president won by 11 points in 2016. Pat Tiberi resigned to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable.

Voters on Tuesday are choosing would-be successors to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who can not run again due to term limits, and a GOP nominee to face third-term Democratic Sen. With most of the votes counted, the two candidates traded a lead of just a few hundred votes.

Although the race was still too close to call, Mr Trump claimed victory and took credit for the Republican's success. The suburban-rural splits were huge, with O'Connor over-performing normal Democratic numbers near Columbus and Balderson racking up strong margins in the district's smaller towns and rural areas. "Tomorrow we rest and then we keep fighting through to November", O'Connor told supporters at a post-election party.

The 12th district has numerous hallmarks of areas that could be weak spots for Republicans this cycle - well-educated, relatively affluent suburbs that may have soured on Trump and are looking to register their frustration through their midterm vote.

Cook writes Democrats likely don't need to win the 1st District - or any of the others in "blue tsunami" territory - to take back control of the House of Representatives. Whoever wins will have to defend their seat again this November.

Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington held primaries on Tuesday, setting the stage for a number of competitive congressional and governor's races in November.

The stakes were also high Tuesday for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, a former state Senate minority leader, is the favorite and millionaire Shri Thanedar has also sought to promote himself as a progressive alternative.

Trump endorsed Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state, on Monday. Trump campaigned for Balderson over the weekend in Ohio.

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