Republican Troy Balderson Declares Victory in Ohio Special Election

Jeff Colyer left and Kris Kobach

Tonight, the OH special election widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump reaches its conclusion.

The close race in the OH special election became a referendum on Trump's leadership and a last chance to gauge Democratic strength ahead of November's midterm elections. The Ohio Republican had been considered by operatives to be an underwhelming candidate.

The Democrat challenger Danny O'Connor. In the past week alone, the RNC, CLF, America First Action, and the National Republican Congressional Committee, America First Action spent over $885,000 bolstering Balderson through get out the vote efforts and digital advertising, according to FEC records; within that time frame, outside Democratic groups supporting O'Connor did even half of that. And if this race was close, then the battlefield is easily wide enough to make Republicans sweat.

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.

Republican state Senator Troy Balderson is declaring a victory over Democrat candidate Danny O'Connor tonight in an OH special election race to finish what's left of former Representative Pat Tiberi's congressional term.

Trump won the district by 11 points in 2016.

However, Tiberi resigned before finishing his term, forcing the special election to replace him.

Even though Republicans were the ones declaring victory Democrats seemed just as gleeful, if not more, especially since the two candidates will face off again in November. A final result was delayed while a few thousand provisional votes were still to be counted.

Republican strategists in Washington are also watching Kansas closely.

On if one or the other has momentum: O'Connor comes into this with some momentum. The Democratic candidate, meanwhile, vowed: "We're not stopping now".

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.

A national poll watcher says a coastal S.C. congressional district could flip to Democratic in a "blue tsunami".

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.

A win by O'Connor would show that some of the GOP's most familiar attack lines may not prove salient any longer come November.

Voters in OH and Kansas join those across Missouri, Michigan and Washington state at the ballot box.

The Democratic race for governor in MI tested the electoral power of the party's progressive wing.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette are considered the favorites for governor.

"Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great State of Kansas", Mr. Trump wrote Monday on Twitter. Kobach was an immigration adviser to Trump's campaign in 2016 and vice chairman of Trump's commission to investigate voting fraud before the panel collapsed.

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