Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns

Cheryl Sanders
August 8, 2018

And although Republicans seemed to have pulled off a narrow victory and hold onto the seat, the results can not be encouraging for them. Bernie Sanders and ascending political star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a NY congressional candidate.

"Voters in Ohio's 12th Congressional District picking a new congressman", King said on CNN's "Inside Politics".

Republican strategists also conceded the race was tougher than initially envisioned.

Republicans appeared to have held off a Democratic surge on Tuesday in a traditionally conservative OH district many Democrats had hoped would serve up an unlikely victory and boost their chances of sweeping wins in November's midterm elections.

Brent Welder’s election night party was at the Hilton Garden Inn 5th and Minnesota Kansas City Kansas
Brent Welder’s election night party was at the Hilton Garden Inn 5th and Minnesota Kansas City Kansas

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. Three mainstream Democrats were among those vying for a chance at retiring Republican Rep. Dave Trott's seat in November.

Mike Flynn, a hospital unit coordinator from suburban New Albany northeast of Columbus, voted for Balderson as a show of support for Tiberi.

The president also traveled to the district over the weekend in an attempt to give Mr. Balderson a boost.

Strategists in both parties admit that both candidates were fairly mediocre, making the OH race essentially a test of a generic Democrat versus Republican that didn't have as many local vagaries as some other special elections.

"I'm just exhausted of the rhetoric of 'They're the bad guys, we're the good guys, '" said Moffitt, 29, of Westerville. Described by campaign operatives as a "Whole Foods" district, the largely suburban region features a far more affluent and educated voter base than the typical Trump stronghold.

But political observers said the fact the race was so close in a district that Democrats have not held since Ronald Reagan was president was notable.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been attacking Balderson by casting his support of tax cuts as threats to Social Security and Medicare. 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.

O'Connor dominated Balderson on the local airwaves.

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 field was set in two Senate contests as well. Two vulnerable Senate Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill, and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow are facing challenges in their states.

The president's Senate pick, John James, whom Trump called a "potential Republican star", also won. Pat Tiberi resigned earlier this year, has taken on outsized importance for clues as to how big of a blue wave could be forming to help Democrats take back the House come November.

The night before the rally, Trump took to Twitter to attack LeBron James, calling the National Basketball Association star dumb just days after James, an OH native, poured tens of millions of his own dollars into the opening of an innovative public school in Akron.

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