Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

OH 12th Congressional District Special Election Results

OH 12th Congressional District Special Election Results

Democrats looking for a shocking underdog win in a special election in OH on Tuesday are hoping not only to snatch a House seat in a historically Republican district, but also to energize their national effort to fight President Trump's agenda and reclaim a congressional majority.

The margin remained within breathing distance of the 0.5% threshold required for a recount in OH, where the state's liberal provisional ballot laws mean that a number of ballots might still remain.

O'Connor, 34, however, onstage at his campaign headquarters in the central OH district, said the race was a "tied ballgame", with a rematch due in November's regular congressional election for the seat, which opened up when GOP Rep.

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

Midterm elections will have higher turnout and could have slightly different electorates than these special election contests, and Democrats will need to win at least a few seats like this one if they're going to get to a House majority in November.

Democrats are hoping to rally enough of their anti-Trump base to take control of the House and Senate this fall.

President Trump campaigned for Balderson, a 56-year-old state senator, this past weekend in an effort to energize the GOP base, but some Republicans anxious that the president's appearance could have had an adverse effect by motivating voters who don't like Trump to come out for O'Connor.

The 31-year-old Democrat and 56-year-old Balderson exchanged leads as the votes rolled in, with the Republican ahead by about 1,700 votes with all precincts reporting.

"Josh Hawley has established himself as a conservative champion for Missouri families, and we have no doubt he will beat Claire McCaskill this November", said Chris Hansen, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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. The Ohio Republican had been considered by operatives to be an underwhelming candidate. Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Trump critic, endorsed Balderson and Vice President Mike Pence visited.

Ultimately, the results may not even be known for a while.

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.

Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington held primaries on Tuesday, setting the stage for a number of competitive congressional and governor's races in November.

His favored candidate for MI governor, state Attorney General Bill Schuette, defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to claim the GOP nomination.

The script for Ohio's special election is perhaps familiar: An experienced Trump loyalist, two-term state Sen. Republicans now hold a two-seat majority in the Senate, while Democrats need to net 23 seats to take control of the House.

Whitmer defeated Abdul El-Sayed, a former Detroit health commissioner.

Meanwhile progressive duo Sen. Sanders came to the state last month to campaign for Thompson, who faced a primary challenge but won easily.

The five-way Democratic primary featured labour lawyer Brent Welder, who campaigned recently with self-described democratic socialists Vermont Sen.

It's unclear whether Trump's support helps or hurts his preferred candidate of Balderson.

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