OH poll is a key test for Trump

08 August, 2018, 09:05 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Troy Balderson Danny O'Connor

O'Connor said in a speech Tuesday that he's ready to go on to November, where he and Balderson will run again. Trump claimed House Democratic leader "Nancy Pelosi controls Danny O'Connor, whoever the hell that is".

OH polls closed at 7:30 p.m., but the counting could take hours more. With most of the votes counted, the two candidates traded a lead of just a few hundred votes.

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".

In an election that was seen like a bellwether for the midterms, President Donald Trump called the OH special election for Republican Troy Balderson, but it's too close to call.

Both national parties poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the last special Congressional election before the November midterms.

Today is primary election day in Kansas. Bernie Sanders and NY congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who catapulted to fame when she defeated the No. 4 House Democrat in a June primary. Other top candidates include Sharice Davids, an EMILY's List-endorsed former MMA fighter attempting to become the first Native American lesbian in Congress, and Tom Niermann, a teacher running a more moderate campaign with a long list of local officials' endorsements.


But it isn't entirely clear if Trump's support will ultimately help or hurt Balderson on Tuesday. This was a particularly thorny issue in the home district of John Kasich, the popular Republican governor of the state who has remained an unabashed critic of Trump. "Just that this special election is close tells us the 2018 midterms are already a steep hill for the president and his party".

Mr. Trump's fingerprints were on several of the contests, including in Kansas where he threw his support behind Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the White House's now defunct voter commission, in his race against Gov. Jeff Colyer, who took over after Gov. Sam Brownback resigned to accept an ambassadorship.

The pro-Balderson effort has focused largely on motivating Republican voters by casting O'Connor as extreme.

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. The Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC were forced to pick up the slack, spending more than $4 million between them. Three mainstream Democrats were among those vying for a chance at retiring Republican Rep. Dave Trott's seat in November.

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.

Gretchen Whitmer, left, won Michigan's Democratic nomination for the state's gubernatorial primary on Tuesday night. He would join Tim Scott of SC as the only black Republican senators if he wins in November.

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