Friday, 17 August, 2018

Backed candidates in Ohio, Kansas locked in tight races

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
Gerardo Duncan | 08 August, 2018, 11:41

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. "He never stops working", Trump said of Balderson, a former Ironman race competitor.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Ohio's 12th congressional district is too close to call.

Democrats hoped to turn the 12th, the last special election ahead of the November 6 midterms, into a referendum on Mr. Trump, while Republicans sought to link Mr. O'Connor, Franklin County's 31-year-old recorder, to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).

For Republicans, it was costly: The Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC and the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP's campaign arm, poured a combined total of more than $5 million into the race, compared to just $1 million from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

President Donald Trump has claimed victory for the Republican candidate in the election for a House seat in Ohio. Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Trump critic, endorsed Balderson and Vice President Mike Pence visited.

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

No matter the special election's outcome, Balderson and O'Connor are set for a rematch in November. The victor will complete the four and a half months left in Mr. Tiberi's term, and both candidates will run again on November 6 for a complete two-year term.

Former Democratic Party legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer will face off in the MI gubernatorial race against Trump ally Bill Schuette.

Republicans seemed extremely anxious heading into the special election in Ohio's 12 Congressional District, and while it appears likely that their candidate won, Tuesday's election will probably do little to change the mood within the GOP. OH is one of the key battleground states in the mid-terms. "Congratulations to a future STAR of the Republican Party, future Senator John James", Trump tweeted.

However, elections officials have yet to count provisional and some absentee ballots in the race, which has drawn national attention as an indicator of whether Democrats can pick up the 24 seats they need to recapture the U.S. House. "In a race the pundits say we had no business being in, you proved them wrong".

Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state have all been choosing candidates for the mid-term elections.

Balderson and O'Connor will face off again in November to fill the next two-year term.

It appears that all the Republican candidates so far called as winners have been endorsed by Mr Trump.

On the Republican governor's ticket the top two contenders are Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach. However, former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed lost his bid to become the country's first Muslim governor to a more moderate Democrat, former state Senate leader Gretchen Whitmer. Balderson and his Republican allies have backed away from the tax plan in recent weeks, training their fire instead on top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Kansas does not hold runoff elections so the victor in the primary will move on to November.

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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