OH 12th Congressional District Special Election Results

OH 12th Congressional District Special Election Results

However, if Balderson keeps the victory, it will be short-lived - the seat will go up for election again in November for the general midterm election. President Trump held a rally in the district on Saturday night, and promptly took credit for Balderson's victory in an incorrect tweet (the state doesn't release early voting results, and the breakdown of early voters by party often isn't indicative of what happens on election day).

The script for Ohio's special election was somewhat familiar: An experienced Trump loyalist, two-term state Sen.

Over in Kansas, Republicans are locked in an internal fight for the governorship.

The close race in the OH special election became a referendum on Trump's leadership and a last chance to gauge Democratic strength ahead of November's midterm elections.

And even as they celebrated victory, one of those groups warned it can't be duplicated across the map in three months if some Republicans don't up their efforts.

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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.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is expected to take on McCaskill, and in MI, military veteran and business executive John James is vying for the chance to knock off Stabenow.

To win, Balderson will need to unite Republicans who love the president and those who prefer the governor. Republicans now hold a two-seat majority in the Senate, while Democrats need to net 23 seats to take control of the House. "That was not good", the president tweeted.

The two each had about 40% of the vote, but most of Johnson County was left to be counted. He would join Tim Scott of SC as the only black Republican senators if he wins in November.

However, Tiberi resigned before finishing his term, forcing the special election to replace him. As voters were going to the polls, Trump said Balderson would make a "great congressman".

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And in suburban Seattle, three Democrats vied in a jungle primary for the seat held by another retiring Republican, Rep. Dave Reichert.

"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 were also weighing in on the direction of the Democratic Party. Balderson and his Republican allies have backed away from the tax plan in recent weeks, training their fire instead on top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newest socialist star, made several endorsements in Tuesday's primaries.

Republican strategists in Washington are also watching Kansas closely. It's a bellwether, one the Democrats see as a sign of a blue wave if they win or come very close. Lacy Clay defeated insurgent Cori Bush in the 1st Congressional District, and in the governor's race in MI.

El-Sayed, who in the general election could have been in line to become the nation's first Muslim governor, fell to fellow Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.

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