Backed candidates in Ohio, Kansas locked in tight races

08 August, 2018, 10:54 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Troy Balderson Danny O'Connor

"Ohio, vote today for Troy Balderson for Congress", the President tweeted on Tuesday morning, saying that Mr. O'Connor "is weak on Crime, the Border, Military, Vets, your 2nd Amendment - and will end your Tax Cuts".

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

A tight race in today's special congressional election in OH could signal trouble for Republicans in the midterm elections.

It's unclear how much Trump's support helped or hurt Balderson.

"Voters in Ohio's 12th Congressional District picking a new congressman", King said on CNN's "Inside Politics".

However, elections officials have yet to count provisional and some absentee ballots in the race, which has drawn national attention as an indicator of whether Democrats can pick up the 24 seats they need to recapture the U.S. House.

While Republicans were glad to have the apparent victory, the narrowness and lack of finality of the apparent victory in a district President Trump won by 11 points in 2016 is cause for concern.

Over in Kansas, Republicans are locked in an internal fight for the governorship. "America is on the right path, and we are going keep it going that way".

The district - which runs from Columbus' northern suburbs to affluent Delaware County and east to the foothills of Appalachia - has been represented by Republicans for decades.

The two candidates aren't done with one another: They'll face off once again in November.

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Mike Flynn, a hospital unit coordinator from suburban New Albany, voted for Balderson as a show of support for Tiberi.

His opponent's campaign was described by some analysts as "not serious".

According to data obtained by TIME, Balderson had only spent $507,206 on television ads as of August 3, while O'Connor had spent over $2 million.

O'Connor and his Democratic allies have railed against the tax plan, casting it as a giveaway for the rich that exacerbates federal deficits and threatens Medicare and Social Security.

"A Republican loss well might tell us more".

In Michigan, three mainstream Democrats in suburban Detroit were among those vying for a chance at retiring Republican Rep. Dave Trott's seat in November.

"With twice as many registered Republicans as Democrats, this district should have been a slam dunk for the GOP, and the fact that we are still counting ballots is an ominous sign for their prospects in November", DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján said in a statement.

Senate contests in Missouri and MI were coming into focus as two vulnerable Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow, were expected to easily claim their party's nominations. "He will win BIG in Nov".

Balderson also got a boost from second-term Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who endorsed him late in the race, even as he sounded an alarm over the Trump-driven tactics, warning that they had alienated suburban women, in particular. It was also a sign that the party's strategy for the race - fully embracing President Donald Trump and his bombastic message in hopes of motivating Republican voters, rather than trying to soothe moderates' worries about the President - could backfire in similar districts in November's midterm elections.

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