GOP Declares Victory in Tight Ohio Race

On Tuesday in the last special election before the midterms Democrats might just snag another deep red Congressional seat

On Tuesday in the last special election before the midterms Democrats might just snag another deep red 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.

Republicans appeared to have held off a Democratic surge on Tuesday in a traditionally conservative OH district many Democrats had hoped would serve up an unlikely victory and boost their chances of sweeping wins in November's midterm elections.

Trump won Ohio's 12th Congressional District, for example, by more than 11 points in 2016; on Tuesday night, Balderson and O'Connor were separated by less than 1 point.

Ohio's 12th congressional district has been a Republican stronghold for decades, and Balderson's victory ensures that it will stay that way for the time being.

The Republican and Democratic primaries for Kansas governor, the Republican primary for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District seat, primaries for local Kansas House of Representatives seats and a Democratic primary for a seat on the Douglas County Commission were among the races that appeared on local ballots.

Republicans' narrow lead didn't come cheap. At one point in the campaign, Balderson couldn't name a single area of disagreement but since cited differences on tariffs and immigration.

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

Democrats, meanwhile, have been attacking Balderson by casting his support of tax cuts as threats to Social Security and Medicare. Bernie Sanders and ascending political star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a NY congressional candidate. His campaign spent $2.25 million on advertising compared to Balderson's $507,000, according to campaign tallies of ad spending.

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Also in the race: Native American attorney Sharice Davids and former school teacher Tom Niermann.

"A Republican loss well might tell us more".

National Democrats have turned their attention to the district since Arrington, a first-term member of the S.C. House, upset U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in June's Republican primary.

The two will face off again in November to see who holds the seat in 2019 and 2020. Debbie Stabenow will take on military veteran and business executive John James, who won the Republican nomination.

The stakes were also high Tuesday for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Sen. The field includes Fayrouz Saad, who would be the first Muslim woman in Congress.

"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.

In the MI governor's race, progressive favorite Abdul El-Sayed, the 33-year-old former Detroit health official vying to become the nation's first Muslim governor, faces former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer, who is considered the favorite in the race. Debbie Stabenow in MI. "Congratulations to a future STAR of the Republican Party, future Senator John James", Trump tweeted.

After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning primary victory in NY against Rep. Joe Crowley, progressives hoped to demonstrate that their policies can win over voters in the middle of the country.

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