OH poll is a key test for Trump

08 August, 2018, 10:58 | Author: Diane Mills
  • On Tuesday in the last special election before the midterms Democrats might just snag another deep red Congressional seat

"It's closer than originally thought, but it's a challenging midterm environment", said one national Republican strategist involved in the race. Kobach is widely seen as uniquely vulnerable in a general election due to his controversial national profile.

What has happened in Ohio?

Democrats looking for a shocking underdog win in a special election in OH on Tuesday are hoping not only to snatch a House seat in a historically Republican district, but also to energize their national effort to fight President Trump's agenda and reclaim a congressional majority. OH is one of the key battleground states in the mid-terms.

Trump visited Ohio's 12th District on Saturday and appeared on stage with Balderson at a rally created to jolt conservatives into turning out to vote in an election that will gauge where the Republican Party stands less than three months before the midterms. "A very special and important race!" he said in a second tweet.

But US news outlets have not called the contest yet.

The 31-year-old Democrat and 56-year-old Balderson exchanged leads as the votes rolled in, with the Republican ahead by about 1,700 votes with all precincts reporting. As of press time, there could still potentially be a recount, and provisional ballots are outstanding, but neither is expected to change the result. The Democratic candidate, meanwhile, vowed: "We're not stopping now".

In a special election season that featured almost a dozen congressional contests, Democrats claimed just a handful of wins, but they may have cause for optimism this fall.

O'Connor said in a speech Tuesday that he's ready to go on to November, where he and Balderson will run again.

Trump carried the district by 11 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election and the Republicans have lost a House race just once there since the 1930s.

Whoever wins Tuesday will hold the seat until early 2019.

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The president's Senate pick, John James, whom Trump called a "potential Republican star", also won.

Republican strategists in Washington are also watching Kansas closely.

Democrats are hoping to rally enough of their anti-Trump base to take control of the House and Senate this fall. "Tomorrow we rest and we keep fighting through to November".

At least 168 have been nominated, with possibly more to come.

In Kansas, Kris Kobach, a conservative leader in the movement to restrict illegal immigration and pass more restrictive voting laws, narrowly led Governor Jeff Colyer with about 84 percent of the votes counted for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

MI - another key battleground - also saw a swathe of women nominees. Balderson and his Republican allies have backed away from the tax plan in recent weeks, training their fire instead on top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

The victorious incumbent congressman had to fund a campaign to spell out which candidate was which.

The winning Ron Estes took about 80% of the vote and will take on Democrat James Thompson, a supporter of Bernie Sanders in November.

All 435 House seats, 35 of the 100 Senate seats and 36 of 50 governor races are to be fought.

If Balderson's 1,766 vote margin holds up, Democrats still need a net gain of 23 seats to take back the majority, and Republicans still need to hold on to 61 seats to maintain the majority.



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