Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

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

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

The August election was to fill former GOP Rep.

O'Connor, a local county official, tried to project a moderate image, saying he would support new Democratic leadership in Congress and work with Republicans but also criticizing the Trump tax cut. So, it seems the GOP will hold the line, albeit just barely.

Voters in OH and Kansas joined those in Missouri, Michigan and Washington state. But only OH will send someone to Congress after votes are counted. One nationally watched central OH race could swell Democratic enthusiasm or dash it upon the rocks.

Troy Balderson and the Republican Party quite the challenge in a congressional district that Trump won by double-digits. In an election morning tweet, Trump said Balderson would make a "great congressman".

Tuesday's contest will determine who takes over the unexpired term of former Rep.

Regardless, while Republicans were spared from headlines proclaiming another stunning Democratic win, it's a bad sign for the GOP that provisional ballots are even entering the discussion in a district Donald Trump won by 11 points in 2016.

But there was little evidence of enthusiasm on the eve of the election as Balderson tried to connect with voters over the phone during a brief stop at a campaign phone bank. This was a particularly thorny issue in the home district of John Kasich, the popular Republican governor of the state who has remained an unabashed critic of Trump.

Balderson, for his part, was hardly a top-notch campaigner. "A very special and important race!"

"We're not stopping now", O'Connor said. Regardless of who wins, they will face off again in the regular election in November. Flynn, 43, said he didn't care for the mudslinging on either side of the campaign.

The race matched consistent trends in special elections and statewide contests since Trump took office: Turnout sagged in rural, heavily Republican areas; surged in suburban areas; and swung in Democrats' favor in those suburbs when compared to the 2016 election results.

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"I know people don't want to hear this, but at this point it doesn't really matter", Sean Trende, an election analyst at RealClearPolitics, tweeted as results came in. It's an enormous amount of exposure for their party and we don't see that for the Republican party.

Trump made his preference clear for Kobach. Debbie Stabenow. Trump endorsed James, who also had support from many in the GOP establishment in his race against self-funding venture capitalist Sandy Pensler.

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.

O'Connor has positioned himself as a moderate Democrat, pledging that if elected he would not vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House.

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.

"A Republican loss well might tell us more".

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

"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.

Should the polarizing Kobach win, some Republican operatives fear he could lose the governor's seat to Democrats this fall. He suggested the race may foretell a Republican "red wave" in November.

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