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Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns

08 August 2018

Joseph TiberiTrump to visit Ohio in waning days of nail-biter House election The Hill's Morning Report: Trump tries to rescue Ohio House seat as GOP midterm fears grow Poll shows Ohio special election in dead heat MORE (R) in Ohio's 12th District, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpLeBron James to produce documentary series "Shut Up and Dribble" for Showtime Rosie O'Donnell leads anti-Trump Broadway sing-along at the White House Study warns of looming potential for runaway global warming MORE won by 11 points in 2016.

Unlike the last special election in Pennsylvania, where the Democratic candidate Conor Lamb outraised Rick Saccone 3 to 1, Balderson was better suited to take on O'Connor financially, although he was still operating at a deficit. He's a moderate Republican who supports a pathway to citizenship for so-called "Dreamers" and wants any Obamacare replacement to include pre-existing conditions regulations.

The day's races, like dozens before them, pitted Trump's fiery supporters against the Democratic Party's anti-Trump resistance.

At times, the race centred on Trump's tax cuts as much as the candidates.

Republicans declared victory with Steve Stivers, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, saying "I'm proud that my fellow central Ohioan, Troy Balderson, will join me in Congress" and congratulating him on a "hard-fought victory".

It's unclear whether Trump's support helps or hurts his preferred candidate of Balderson. "Yet not all of these races are looking secure for Republicans". "Strong on Crime, Border & Military", the president tweeted on the eve of the election. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newest socialist star, made several endorsements in Tuesday's primaries.

The congressman's win will set up a November rematch with James Thompson, a veteran and supporter of Sen. When asked about this in the polling place parking lot by the Guardian, Balderson turned his back and left it to an accompanying aide to insist that Balderson really meant Danny O'Connor was a liberal. Trump campaigned for Balderson over the weekend in Ohio.

The Ohio district includes numerous suburban women and college-educated, affluent residents that polls show have been the sort of voters turned off by Trump's chaotic first 19 months in office.

President Donald Trump is greeted by 12th Congressional District Republican candidate Troy Balderson as he arrives on Air Force One at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. His campaign spent $2.25 million on advertising compared to Balderson's $507,000, according to campaign tallies of ad spending.

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.

Binder on Kansas: With 1 percent reporting in the Kansas GOP gubernatorial primary, the establishment-backed Colyer has doubled his lead over Trump-endorsed Kris Kobach. The field included Fayrouz Saad, who would be the first Muslim woman in Congress.

Polls are now open for today's Kansas Democratic and Republican primaries.

In Missouri, Democratic Sen. Two vulnerable Senate Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill, and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow are facing challenges in their states.

Meanwhile, in Michigan, Trump also had a good night. "He will win BIG in Nov".

Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns