Troy Balderson vs. Danny O'Connor

Troy Balderson vs. Danny O'Connor

Republican Troy Balderson led Democrat Danny O'Connor by about 1,700 votes with all precincts reporting, although the OH secretary of state's office said a final result would be delayed until more than 8,000 provisional and absentee ballots were counted.

But Democrats - buoyed by enthusiasm ever since the 2016 presidential election - have consistently overperformed in other special elections, and notched upset victories in a Pennsylvania House race in March and in the Alabama Senate race past year.

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.

The Republican president's shadow also loomed over primary contests in four other states, none bigger than Kansas, where Trump roiled the governor's race by opposing the GOP incumbent on the eve of the election.

Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, declared victory for Mr. Balderson, and accused House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and liberal donors of flooding "this district with money and ads in an attempt to buy this seat".

Heading into the race, Democrats needed to flip 23 seats to win the House this fall.

While Republicans were glad to have the apparent victory, the narrowness and lack of finality of the apparent victory in a district President Trump won by 11 points in 2016 is cause for concern.

The tight race comes as President Trump on Monday endorsed Kobach for the position, calling him a "fantastic guy" who would "be a GREAT Governor".

Balderson also had several stumbles.

The results of the race for Ohio's 12th congressional district, which was spun by some experts and pundits as a test for the possibility of a "blue wave" that could hit the Midwest this November, actually led to another Republican representing the northern Columbus suburbs, Delaware County, and the nearby foothills region until the beginning of 2019.

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On Tuesday, voters in Ohio's 12th Congressional District went to the polls for the final major special election before the 2018 midterms. Pat Tiberi resigned in January. Balderson and O'Connor will likely face off again in November at the mid-term elections.

Mr. Balderson and other Republicans claimed victory late Tuesday night, though no news organizations called the race and there remained an unknown number of provisional ballots still to be counted. And although Republicans seemed to have pulled off a narrow victory and hold onto the seat, the results can not be encouraging for them.

O'Connor refused to concede on Tuesday night and urged supporters on Twitter to make donations for what "could be a long and expensive recount".

In contrast, O'Connor ran a textbook campaign for a Democrat in such a conservative district. "America is on the right path, and we are going keep it going that way".

Voters sign in to cast their ballots in a polling station in Westerville, Ohio.

Democrats are hoping to rally enough of their anti-Trump base to take control of the House and Senate this fall. You will have a Big win in November and be a tremendous Governor for the Great State of MI.

Voters in OH and Kansas joined those in Missouri, Michigan and Washington state.

She earned the nomination by defeating Shri Thanedar, a chemical-testing businessman, and Abdul El-Sayed, an ex-Detroit health director who was vying to become the country's first Muslim governor.

"Congratulations to Bill Schuette".

Over in Kansas, Republicans are locked in an internal fight for the governorship.

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