Ohio race too close to call, but Trump claims victory

Ohio race too close to call, but Trump claims victory

"Congratulations to Troy Balderson on a great win in Ohio".

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

Trump won the district by 11 percentage points in the White House race in 2016 and Republican Pat Tiberi won re-election to the House by a whopping 37 percentage points. Labor unions' $16 million campaign against the union-busting law was successful despite the Republican-dominated state legislature moving the referendum from November's general election to the lower-turnout August primary.

Balderson also got a boost from second-term Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who endorsed him late in the race, even as he sounded an alarm over the Trump-driven tactics, warning that they had alienated suburban women, in particular.

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

"A loss tonight would be devastating for the GOP - it should not be this close", Republican pollster Frank Luntz said in a tweet.

"We're not stopping now".

Tuesday's elections could provide a window into the direction of the Democratic Party as the 2020 presidential nominating contest gets underway and party leaders debate whether to embrace a more liberal platform in hopes of turning out voters who sat out the 2016 election or make a centrist turn to court moderates and Republicans who are alienated by Trump.

Mr. Balderson's 0.9 percent margin, representing less than 2,000 votes, is slightly greater than the 0.5 percent gap that would trigger an automatic recount, though a losing candidate can still call for one. Flynn, 43, said he didn't care for the mudslinging on either side of the campaign.

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A tight race in today's special congressional election in OH could signal trouble for Republicans in the midterm elections.

However, elections officials have yet to count provisional and some absentee ballots in the race, which has drawn national attention as an indicator of whether Democrats can pick up the 24 seats they need to recapture the U.S. House. "We are in a tie ball-game", he told supporters at his election night party.

Trump made his preference clear for Kobach. 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.

GOP aligned groups sunk more than $5 million into the race, while outside groups backing the Democrat invested more than $1 million.

O'Connor is trying to appeal both to Democrats and to Republicans who might not like Trump's tone or policies. The Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC were forced to pick up the slack, spending more than $4 million between them.

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

Whoever wins Tuesday will hold the seat until early 2019. He suggested the race may foretell a Republican "red wave" in November. He submitted petitions Monday with more than 10,000 signatures for what could become the most serious independent run for Kansas governor in decades.

On Twitter, Trump called Kobach a "strong and early supporter of mine".

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