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Democrats in striking distance of the historically red Ohio seat
Democrat underdog Danny O’connor speaks on Fox News’ Kristin Fischer about the narrow house-the special election campaign.
Polls are closed in Ohio is tough special election to fill a vacant house competitive seat that Democrats hope to hook in a historic upset in the November midterm elections.
The race is one of several important contests on Tuesday, but it has garnered outsized attention because surveys showed no real daylight between the candidates in traditionally deep-red district, said some, including Ohio Gov., John Kasich, has “good way” for the GOP in the fall.
Also, while Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, and Washington state held primary elections on Tuesday, only Ohio will send someone to Congress immediately.
The mood at the campaign headquarters of the Democrats, Danny O ‘ Connor, 31, of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association in Westerville optimistic was started Tuesday night as a result of a trickle. O’connor is given the two-term Republican state Senator Troy Balderson, 57, who has trump his consent to the in Ohio a historically Republican 12 constituency Trump the district won by 11 percentage points in 2016.
O’connor jumped out to a substantial lead through Balderson back to the beginning.
Regardless of who reigns fill on Tuesday, the seat of peace Rep. Pat Tiberi state nniger, the two candidates square off again in less than 100 days in the November General election. But to win in for a surprise that O ‘ Connor would be embarrassing for the Republicans, who held the place for the last 35 years — and a signal that Democratic voters may have more power than the GOP base.
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In the case of Balderson’s campaign headquarters Tuesday night, the mood was also good. A state Republican party official told Fox News that officials were “cautiously optimistic” Balderson would prevail, citing high turnout in areas such as rural Muskingum County, almost ran out of paper ballots.
Trump may have played a significant role in the reportedly high turnout in the Ohio competition by staging a free-wheeling rally in a suburb of Columbus on Saturday night. In a sweltering auditorium, Trump House Minority said Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “Checks Danny O’connor, who the hell is that.”
Ohio, vote today for Troy Balderson for the Congress. His opponent, controlled by Nancy Pelosi, who is weak on crime, the border, the military, veterans, their 2. Change, and finally, reductions in your tax. Troy is seconded to a large Congress. #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 7. August 2018
Trump extended the line of the attack on Twitter as voters went to the polls on Tuesday, said O’connor is “weak on crime” and promised that Balderson would be a “great Congressman.”
It is unclear how much trump has helped support or hurt Balderson. Described by campaign agents as a “Whole Foods” district, the largely suburban region has a wealthy and educated voter base than the typical trump card-the high castle.
But Balderson touted Trump aid, said on Monday that the President “brought huge excitement, and they were excited to see him up here.”
Vice-President Mike Pence, say on Balderson’s name, he was on Board with the President on the agenda.
O ‘ Connor Balderson dominated the local airwaves. His campaign spent $covers 2.25 million on advertising, compared to Balderson $507,000, in the framework of the campaign to spend with the ad. The Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC have been forced to fill the gap, spending more than $4 million between them.
Kasich, a leading voice in the GOP shrink, anti-Trump wings, once represented the district in Congress.
At times, the race has centered on cuts to trump the tax as much as the candidates. O’connor and his Democratic allies have railed against the tax plan, casting it as a giveaway for the rich, and aggravated the Federal government’s deficits, and threatens Medicare and Social security.
Democrats have also hammered Balderson for telling a local newspaper that he is of the opinion that the increase in the suitability age for Medicare and Social security.
Balderson and his Republican allies have backed away from the tax plan in recent weeks, the training of their firefighters instead of the top house Democrat, Nancy Pelosi.
O’connor once vowed not to be led to vote for Pelosi for the party, but later backtracked and said he would support it, if it was necessary to retake the house.
Fox News’ Kristin Fischer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.