Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Nailbiter! Republicans hold OH seat

Nailbiter! Republicans hold OH seat

With 100 percent of the precincts counted, Mr. Balderson, a state senator, was clinging to lead of 50.1 percent to 49.2 percent over Mr. O'Connor, Franklin County recorder.

"I'm just exhausted of the rhetoric of 'They're the bad guys, we're the good guys, "' said Moffitt, 29. "Tomorrow we rest and then we keep fighting through to November", O'Connor told supporters at a post-election party.

O'Connor, however, did not immediately concede, telling a crowd of supporters: "Can you believe how close this is?" That's enough for O'Connor to potentially pick up enough votes to force a recount. The two candidates will face off again in November.

Republicans declared victory with Steve Stivers, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, saying "I'm proud that my fellow central Ohioan, Troy Balderson, will join me in Congress" and congratulating him on a "hard-fought victory". Even in voter interactions, Balderson left much to be desired.

The final House special election before the midterms became the latest to shift significantly in Democrats' favor in the Trump era, after victories by Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Sen.

If Balderson's 1,766 vote margin holds up, Democrats still need a net gain of 23 seats to take back the majority, and Republicans still need to hold on to 61 seats to maintain the majority. Their appeal focuses on the legislature's tax cut rollback previous year. Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Trump critic, endorsed Balderson and Vice President Mike Pence visited.

On Tuesday night, he appeared to take credit for the Culberson win amid the congratulations.

"I want to see Congress go to the Democrats and put a check on him", said Jeff McCann, 44 as he voted at the Licking County Family YMCA in Newark. After my speech on Saturday night there was a big turn for the better. It is the last congressional special election scheduled before the November midterms.

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The two races will garner the most national attention on a day when four states hold primary elections: Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington. "That was not good", the president tweeted.

They include John James, an African-American Republican, who won the Senate race nomination in MI. Mr. James, an Iraq war veteran, will seek to unseat Democrat Sen.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is expected to take on McCaskill, and in MI, military veteran and business executive John James is vying for the chance to knock off Stabenow. He would join Tim Scott of SC as the only black Republican senators if he wins in November.

The seat in OH opened up after Rep. Pat Tiberi, was never even supposed to be in play.

There are dozens of Republican-held seats more favourable to Democrats across the country than Ohio's 12th district, a predominantly rural and suburban seat previously held by the state's moderate Republican Governor John Kasich.

Voters in suburban Detroit will also weigh in on the direction of the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newest socialist star, made several endorsements in Tuesday's primaries.

The concern extends to Kobach's potential impact on two potentially competitive congressional races in Kansas, too - including Rep. Kevin Yoder's re-election bid in the 3rd District, a top Democratic target.

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