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Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns

08 August 2018

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.

Troy Balderson, is fighting off a strong challenge from a fresh-faced Democrat, 31-year-old county official Danny O'Connor, in a congressional district held by the Republican Party for more than three decades. However, while Balderson's performance was far weaker than past Republicans in the district, he held on to just enough of his base to win.

Trump-endorsed Iraq veteran John James has won the Republican Senate primary in Michigan, CNN reports. "Yet not all of these races are looking secure for Republicans".

The election is seen as a key indicator ahead of November's mid-terms.

The midsummer affair comes as Trump's shadow looms over primary contests in four other states on Tuesday, none bigger than Kansas, where the Republican president roiled the governor's race Monday by opposing the sitting GOP governor on the eve of the election.

Democrat Danny O'Connor speaks during an election night party.

"Now Troy wins a great victory during a very tough time of the year for voting", he added. "He said, 'No, I didn't, '" Kasich said of Balderson on ABC's "This Week". His campaign spent $2.25 million on advertising compared to Balderson's $507,000, according to campaign tallies of ad spending. "It's really kind of shocking because this should be just a slam dunk and it's not".

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It's unclear how much Trump's support helped or hurt Balderson. "That would not only stall any Trump legislative agenda but also put investigations, possibly impeachment, on the table".

"While we won tonight, this remains a very tough political environment and moving forward, we can not expect to win tough races when our candidate is being outraised", Corry Bliss, the head of the big-spending Congressional Leadership Fund, warned in a Tuesday night statement.

The pro-Balderson effort has focused largely on motivating Republican voters by casting O'Connor as extreme.

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.

Democrats haven't walk away with a clear win Tuesday night, but they didn't have to.

Republican strategists in Washington are also watching Kansas closely.

Trump made his preference clear for Kobach. "That was not good", the president tweeted. "VOTE TUESDAY!" Trump tweeted.

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Although the race was still too close to call, Mr Trump claimed victory and took credit for the Republican's success.

But Democrats believe momentum from this spring's protests over education funding against Republicans who control the state government could make the state surprisingly competitive this fall.

Peoples reported from NY.

In Missouri, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill claimed her party's nomination, while state Attorney General Josh Hawley will represent the GOP.

The victorious incumbent congressman had to fund a campaign to spell out which candidate was which.

Sanders, who defeated Hillary Clinton in the state back in 2016, and Ocasio-Cortez lined up to back El-Sayed, who ran on an innovative "Medicare for all" plan and proposals for public broadband and tuition-free college.

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Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns