Republicans on track to survive in OH despite big swing to Democrats

Ohio 12th Congressional District Special Election Results

The day's races, like dozens before them, pitted the strength of Trump's fiery supporters against the Democratic Party's anti-Trump resistance.

Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Check back for updates throughout the evening as votes are counted. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless. He submitted petitions Monday with more than 10,000 signatures for what could become the most serious independent run for Kansas governor in decades.

Schuette, like Kobach, was also endorsed by Trump for governor.

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.

"Tonight I am going to promise to you that I am going to work relentlessly, relentlessly for this 12th Congressional District", Mr. Balderson said at his election night party in Newark. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens) saw their chosen Michigan Democratic gubernatorial-primary candidate, Abdul El-Sayed, lose.

Balderson said simply that it was an honor and "incredible" to appear with and be supported by the president.

At times, the race centered on Trump's tax cuts as much as the candidates. "Tomorrow we rest and we keep fighting through to November".

O'Connor, 34, however, onstage at his campaign headquarters in the central OH district, said the race was a "tied ballgame", with a rematch due in November's regular congressional election for the seat, which opened up when GOP Rep. Described by campaign operatives as a "Whole Foods" district, the largely suburban region features a more affluent and educated voter base than the typical Trump stronghold.

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O'Connor dominated Balderson on the local airwaves.

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. The Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC were forced to pick up the slack, spending more than $4 million between them. The field includes Fayrouz Saad, who would be the first Muslim woman in Congress.

"With twice as many registered Republicans as Democrats, this district should have been a slam dunk for the GOP, and the fact that we are still counting ballots is an ominous sign for their prospects in November", DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján said in a statement.

In the MI governor's race, progressive favorite Abdul El-Sayed, the 33-year-old former Detroit health official vying to become the nation's first Muslim governor, faces former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer, who is considered the favorite in the race.

"Josh Hawley has established himself as a conservative champion for Missouri families, and we have no doubt he will beat Claire McCaskill this November", said Chris Hansen, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

His favored candidate for MI governor, state Attorney General Bill Schuette, defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to claim the GOP nomination.

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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