Republican Troy Balderson Declares Victory in Ohio Special Election

08 August, 2018, 10:55 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Troy Balderson Danny O'Connor

In order to defeat a Democrat in this seat, Republican outside groups spent millions in ads and even brought in Trump himself for a last-minute rally in the district Saturday night.

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

It's election day, as voters in Ohio's 12th District decide the final congressional contest before November's national midterms. One nationally watched central OH race could swell Democratic enthusiasm or dash it upon the rocks. "A very special and important race!" he said in a second tweet. He was a lackluster fundraiser and avoided the press even to point of shunning friendly outlets like Fox News.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Balderson had a 1,754-vote lead over O'Connor, with more than 202,000 votes cast. MSNBC's Steve Kornacki reports that 3,435 provisional ballots were cast, but the OH secretary of state's website says such ballots aren't touched until at least 10 days after an election.

"We're not stopping now".

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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 race is a test of voter sentiment before the general election in November, when Balderson and O'Connor will battle again for the full two-year term.

Trump won the district by 11 percentage points in the White House race in 2016 and Republican Pat Tiberi won re-election to the House by a whopping 37 percentage points. And it's worth remembering that while Democrats ground out wins in a number of hard-fought special elections in 2010, they lost 63 seats that fall. Debbie Stabenow will take on military veteran and business executive John James, who won the Republican nomination. The New York Times says it appears Mr Trump's pick, the hard-right Kris Kobach, may have upset incumbent Jeff Colyer.




Cook writes Democrats likely don't need to win the 1st District - or any of the others in "blue tsunami" territory - to take back control of the House of Representatives.

Schuette will face Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer in November, who claimed the nomination in one of Democrats' top pick-up opportunities this fall.

At least 168 have been nominated, with possibly more to come.

MI - another key battleground - also saw a swathe of women nominees.

"[If] you've got a 45-55 seat gain in the House and a Democratic Senate, impeachment hearings will happen", said Olsen, a senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center.

And one interesting sidebar: Ron Estes has beaten Ron Estes in a Kansas Republican 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.

His opponent's campaign was described by some analysts as "not serious". Experts, including those at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, say the Republican challenge of holding their House majority in November is looking increasingly hard.

Republicans are hoping for Democratic discord in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, a suburban Kansas City region where several candidates are fighting for the chance to take on Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in November.

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