Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Republican narrowly scrapes ahead in dramatic OH congressional race

Republican narrowly scrapes ahead in dramatic OH congressional race

Republican nominee Troy Balderson has declared victory in the special election for Ohio's 12th Congressional District.

But Trevor Moffitt, a public health doctoral student at Ohio State University who voted for O'Connor, said he felt like Balderson's attacks on Democrats went too far.

Voters on Tuesday are choosing would-be successors to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who can not run again due to term limits, and a GOP nominee to face third-term Democratic Sen.

A special election that tested U.S. President Donald Trump's clout and cost both parties millions of dollars in battleground OH was too close to call late Tuesday.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Balderson had received 101,574 votes, or 50.2 percent, while the Democrat Danny O'Connor had received 99,820 votes, or 49.3 percent of the vote.

The special election in OH coincided with with a series of primaries for Senate, House and gubernatorial nominations in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington.

Republican outside groups spent more than $5 million combined to salvage Balderson's prospects in the race after he was vastly out-raised by O'Connor.

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Conservative election analyst Henry Olsen predicted on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" on Monday that impeachment hearings against Trump will happen if Democrats take back the House and Senate in November. "A very special and important race!" he said in a second tweet.

Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich said the race shouldn't even be close, but it is.

This special election in the 12congressional district is the last contest until the 2018 midterms, where Democratic enthusiasm is through the roof.

Cory Bliss, executive director of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican-aligned SuperPAC, said: "While we won tonight, this remains a very tough political environment and moving forward, we can not expect to win tough races when our candidate is being outraised".

But Democrats believe momentum from this spring's protests over education funding against Republicans who control the state government could make the state surprisingly competitive this fall.

Should the polarizing Kobach win, some Republican operatives fear he could lose the governor's seat to Democrats this fall.

On Twitter, Trump called Kobach a "strong and early supporter of mine".

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The pro-Balderson effort has focused largely on motivating Republican voters by casting O'Connor as extreme.

Republicans were hoping for Democratic discord in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, a suburban Kansas City district where several candidates were fighting for the chance to take on Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in November. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newest socialist star, made several endorsements in Tuesday's primaries.

According to CNN's Eric Bradner, there are roughly 70 House seats held by the GOP which are less conservative than Ohio's 12th District - considerably more than they would need.

Senate contests in Missouri and MI will come into focus as two vulnerable Senate Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow, are expected to easily claim their party's nominations.

Also in the race: Native American attorney Sharice Davids and former school teacher Tom Niermann.

In Missouri, Democratic Sen.

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