Ohio and Kansas races deadlocked; Trump's candidates lead
Ohio and Kansas races deadlocked; Trump's candidates lead
On Tuesday in the last special election before the midterms Democrats might just snag another deep red Congressional seat
08 August, 2018, 11:42
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Balderson had a 1,754-vote lead over O'Connor, with more than 202,000 votes cast.
The BBC correspondent in Washington says even if the Democrats lose the seat, they can claim a moral victory in OH, and will point to the results as further evidence that they are poised for success in November.
The year's last special election for a House seat was too close to call Tuesday night-but that didn't stop Republicans from declaring victory in an OH district they have held since 1983, the Washington Post reports.
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.
Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) have all traveled to the district in support of Mr. Balderson, 56, to ensure it stays in the Republican fold. Trump held a rousing rally Saturday night in a steamy Columbus-area High School in the district where he reiterated his prior tweeted endorsement of Balderson, who also spoke.
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The central OH race was the marquee contest on a day when four other states held nominating contests, including a battle for governor in MI in which a mainstream candidate beat a progressive and a high-profile conservative challenge to the incumbent Republican governor in Kansas.
In Ohio, the script for the special election was somewhat familiar: An experienced Trump loyalist, Balderson, was fighting a strong challenge from O'Connor, a fresh-faced Democrat, in a congressional district held by the Republican Party for more than three decades.
Voters in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington state joined those in OH in Tuesday's voting. OH is one of the key battleground states in the mid-terms.
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