Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Backed Republican leads close U.S. House race in Ohio

Backed Republican leads close U.S. House race in Ohio

Voters in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington state joined those in OH in Tuesday's voting.

The special election in OH coincided with with a series of primaries for Senate, House and gubernatorial nominations in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington. OH is one of the key battleground states in the mid-terms.

Republican Troy Balderson held a narrow lead over Democrat Danny O'Connor with returns from all precincts in, and he claimed victory Tuesday night in the barn burner of a special election race for an open U.S. House seat in Ohio. In an election morning tweet, Trump said Balderson would make a "great congressman".

The victor will fill the seat previously held by Pat Tiberi, a nine-term Republican incumbent who resigned to take a job with an OH business group.

Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to take control of the House, and Republicans are now defending dozens of districts that are more favorable to Democrats than Ohio's 12th District, which Trump in 2016 and Mitt Romney in 2012 both won by 11 percentage points. He'll reprise his campaign against Balderson from now through November's general election. He appeared equally uncomfortable answering questions from reporters about whether Trump's appearance might blunt the impact of the recent endorsement from a prominent Trump adversary, Republican Gov. John Kasich.

"A loss tonight would be devastating for the GOP - it should not be this close", Republican pollster Frank Luntz said in a tweet. The Democratic candidate, meanwhile, vowed: "We're not stopping now". 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. Provisional votes remained to be counted. Flynn, 43, said he didn't care for the mudslinging on either side of the campaign.

Polls closed at 7:30 p.m., leaving Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson to await their fates in the tight race.

On if the midterm elections are unlikely to be like 2010: I mean I'd be surprised if they lost half as many seats as they won in 2010, mostly because Republicans don't have as much exposure. It's an enormous amount of exposure for their party and we don't see that for the Republican party.

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His opponent's campaign was described by some analysts as "not serious".

"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", Corry Bliss, the head of the big-spending Congressional Leadership Fund, warned in a Tuesday night statement.

O'Connor and his Democratic allies railed against the tax plan, casting it as a giveaway for the rich that exacerbates federal deficits and threatens Medicare and Social Security.

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

According to data obtained by TIME, Balderson had only spent $507,206 on television ads as of August 3, while O'Connor had spent over $2 million. The Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC were forced to pick up the slack, spending more than US$4 million (NZ$5.9m) between them.

"They do everything right and, right now in Washington, D.C., no one has their back", he said.

Over in Kansas, Republicans are locked in an internal fight for the governorship. All 435 House seats, 35 of 100 Senate seats and 36 of 50 governors' offices are up for grabs in November.

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