Sunday, 19 August, 2018

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 On Tuesday in the last special election before the midterms Democrats might just snag another deep red Congressional seat
Ebony Burgess | 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.

Though they united to defeat a common enemy, Kasich's opposition to Trump came up in the final days of the race.

The election is seen as a key indicator ahead of November's mid-terms.

Kobach's penchant for provoking outrage could serve him well in a crowded seven-candidate Republican primary Tuesday.

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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Under Ohio law, the remaining absentee and provisional ballots can not be counted for 11 days, the secretary of state's office said.

Mr Trump tweeted "Congratulations to Troy Balderson on a great win in Ohio". Regardless of who wins, they will face off again in the regular election in November.

"We're not stopping now".

Whitmer will face Republican Bill Schuette, who was endorsed by Trump, in November.

On the Republican governor's ticket the top two contenders are Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Indeed, Ms Whitmer could lead an all-female Democratic state-wide ticket in MI against Mr Schuette.

Democratic women could outnumber white male colleagues in the House after November, a recent study suggested.

In Kansas' 3rd District, Sanders-backed labor lawyer Brent Welder is running in a six-way primary to take on Yoder.

The victorious incumbent congressman had to fund a campaign to spell out which candidate was which.

Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House and two seats in the Senate to win majorities in those chambers and put the brakes on Trump's agenda.

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.

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