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Widely Watched Ohio House Race Too Close to Call

08 August 2018

Kobach and Colyer were locked in a tight race as ballots were counted.

In order to pull out a victory, O'Connor would need to win more than 60 percent of those absentee and provisional ballots, or receive at least 5,083 of those 8,400 ballots.

But Democratic nominee Danny O'Connor has yet to concede - and the Associated Press has yet to call the race. He suggested the race may foretell a Republican "red wave" in November.

But it isn't entirely clear if Trump's support will ultimately help or hurt Balderson on Tuesday.

"He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country - he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement!" Strong on Crime, Border & Military.

The narrow margin will be little comfort for Republicans anxious about the prospect of a Democratic wave heading into the November 6 elections, and it is certain to encourage Democrats who performed dramatically better than expected in a district Republicans have represented since the early 1980s. James also had help in the state from musician Kid Rock, who had once flirted with running against incumbent Democratic Michigan Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens) saw their chosen Michigan Democratic gubernatorial-primary candidate, Abdul El-Sayed, lose.

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

Republican Troy Balderson held a narrow lead over Democrat Danny O'Connor with returns from all precincts in, and he claimed victory Tuesday night in the barn burner of a special election race for an open U.S. House seat in Ohio.

And in an election morning tweet, Mr Trump said Balderson would make a "great congressman".

Democrat House representative Ben Ray Luján said the seat should have been a "slam dunk" for the Republicans and the closeness of the contest was an "ominous sign" for them in November.

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Balderson, for his part, was hardly a top-notch campaigner. Flynn, 43, said he didn't care for mudslinging on either side of the campaign.

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.

On if the midterm elections are unlikely to be like 2010: I mean I'd be surprised if they lost half as many seats as they won in 2010, mostly because Republicans don't have as much exposure. "We are in a tie ball-game", he told supporters at his election night party.

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

But the fact that this race was even competitive to begin with casts doubt on Republican prospects of staving off that outcome.

Republicans focussed on mobilising their voters through negative advertisements portraying the Democratic candidate as a puppet of coastal elites while the Democrats' messaging centred on protecting access to healthcare and social security.

O'Connor dominated Balderson on the local airwaves. His campaign spent $2.25 million on advertising compared to Balderson's $507,000, according to campaign tallies of ad spending. The field included Fayrouz Saad, who would be the first Muslim woman in Congress.

And in suburban Seattle, three Democrats vied in a jungle primary for the seat held by another retiring Republican, Rep. Dave Reichert.

Mr. Hawley, the Missouri attorney general, advances to face Democratic Sen. Two vulnerable Senate Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill, and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow are facing challenges in their states. Trump, who has repeatedly endorsed Balderson, won Ohio's 12th congressional district by 11 percentage points in 2016. "He will win BIG in Nov". 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.

Widely Watched Ohio House Race Too Close to Call