Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns

On Tuesday in the last special election before the midterms Democrats might just snag another deep red Congressional seat

O'Connor said in a speech Tuesday that he's ready to go on to November, where he and Balderson will run again.

In recent weeks Mr. Trump has made several campaign appearances ahead of State primaries, endorsing candidates for Congress and Governor and imploring his supporters, as he did in OH on Saturday night, to get out and vote. But only OH will send someone to Congress after votes are counted.

And Kobach - who publicly backed Trump's false claim that millions of people voted illegally in 2016 and who advocates a hard-line approach to immigration - could alienate Republican voters in areas like the Kansas City and Wichita suburbs.

Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich said the race shouldn't even be close, but it is.

While Democrats will be disappointed that were not able to claim an outright victory, the tight margin will still be a reason for optimism.

The BBC correspondent in Washington says even if the Democrats lose the seat, they can claim a moral victory in OH, and will point to the results as further evidence that they are poised for success in November.

It's unclear how much Trump's support helped or hurt Balderson. He appeared equally uncomfortable answering questions from reporters about whether Trump's appearance might blunt the impact of the recent endorsement from a prominent Trump adversary, Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Earlier in the week, Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Balderson in Newark.

A number of races on both sides have several candidates from which to choose, including five persons running for Kansas governor on the Democratic side and seven persons running on the Republican side.

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To win, Balderson will need to unite Republicans who love the president and those who prefer the governor. With most of the votes counted, the two candidates traded a lead of just a few hundred votes.

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. "That was not good", the president tweeted. "He will win BIG in Nov". Pat Tiberi resigned to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable.

The Republican Party has held the OH 12th District seat for more than three decades, so the very fact that it's so close is significant.

"If in fact the Democrat comes within 2 or 3 points of winning, even though he is losing the seat, the Democratic Party, you could argue convincingly, has actually won the night", Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, said on CNN.

Voters in suburban Detroit will also weigh in on the direction of the Democratic Party.

Republican strategists in Washington are also watching Kansas closely.

The 12th district has numerous hallmarks of areas that could be weak spots for Republicans this cycle - well-educated, relatively affluent suburbs that may have soured on Trump and are looking to register their frustration through their midterm vote. Below, see live results below as they come in.

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

Former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, who had support form Emily's List and Planned Parenthood, defeated Abdul El-Sayed, who had the backing of numerous liberal groups and campaigned with Mr. Sanders and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

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