Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Backed GOPer claims victory in special election for OH congressional seat

Backed GOPer claims victory in special election for OH congressional seat

The Ohio race - the last special congressional election before November - is one of two taking place on Tuesday into which President Donald Trump has injected himself, turning both into new tests of Trump's tactics and sway with Republican voters.

O'Connor, a local county official, tried to project a moderate image, saying he would support new Democratic leadership in Congress and work with Republicans but also criticizing the Trump tax cut.

OH polls closed at 7:30 p.m., but the counting could take hours more.

Just 20 minutes later, at 10:01 p.m. eastern, with 95 percent of precincts reporting, Balderson was back up for good by 741 votes.

Trump endorsed Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state, on Monday.

Strategists in both parties admit that both candidates were fairly mediocre, making the OH race essentially a test of a generic Democrat versus Republican that didn't have as many local vagaries as some other special elections.

Tuesday's special congressional election in OH was the final direct face-off between Republicans and Democrats before the November mid-terms.

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"If you have a real blue wave - if you have the sort of wave, the late break that happened in 2006 where Democrats, from this point, they were ahead in the generic ballot, but they gained 6.6 percent between this point in 2006 and the Election Day - that will give the Democrats the Senate", he added. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens) saw their chosen Michigan Democratic gubernatorial-primary candidate, Abdul El-Sayed, lose. He appeared equally uncomfortable answering questions from reporters about whether Trump's appearance might blunt the impact of the recent endorsement from a prominent Trump adversary, Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Balderson told supporters in OH: "I'd like to thank President Trump". "At our core we've always been a party about people - how we empower people against big corporations and against the exploitation we've seen for a long time". Described by campaign operatives as a "Whole Foods" district, the largely suburban region features a far more affluent and educated voter base than the typical Trump stronghold.

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. O'Connor had raised almost $1.5 million and had spent $1.35 million, but had vastly outspent Balderson when it came to television advertising. 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.

Republicans are scrambling to avoid an embarrassing defeat in a seat that the party has held for decades. State Attorney General Bill Schuette won the GOP nomination.

Iraq War veteran John James also won the Michigan GOP Senate primary to take on Democratic Sen.

Hours before polls opened, Trump again weighed in on Twitter, casting James as "a potential Republican star".

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