Ohio special election provides a major test for Trump, Dems threaten to upset the district held by the GOP for decades

Polls suggest a close race between the Democrats, Danny O’connor, left, and Republican Troy Balderson.

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Democrats are looking for a shocking underdog win in a special election in Ohio on Tuesday in the hope to snatch a house seat in a historically Republican district, but also to supply with energy, their national efforts to counter President of the Trump agenda and you require a congressional majority.

Ohio ‘ s 12th constituency, in the suburbs of Columbus, a Republican representative for 35 years, and has largely been in GOP hands since 1920. But a poll released Monday by the Monmouth University have shown that Republican state sen Troy Balderson, 56, leads the upstart Challenger, Danny O ‘ Connor, 31, of only one percentage point.

Trump, who won the wealthy and highly educated district by double-digit growth rates in 2016, went all-in for Balderson with a last-minute rally on Saturday evening in a sweltering room in the Trump hit said, “110 degrees” ruined his “brand-new, beautiful suit.” The former President Obama took the district by several percentage points in 2008.

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The former Governor brings to the President of Trump’s support for the Republican candidates in the midterm elections.

“A vote for Danny boy and the Democrats is a vote to criminals and drugs flow into our country,” Trump said. “And let MS-13 running wild in our communities. And, you know, what do you do when you are there.”

The President went on to describe O’connor as a “puppet” for house Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. O’connor once vowed not to vote for Pelosi to lead the party, but later backtracked and said he would support the 78-year-old, if it was necessary to retake the house.

Troy Balderson, is running for Congress from Ohio, is in a big election fight with a candidate, you just caught lying about his relationship with Nancy Pelosi, who is weak on crime, borders & their 2. Change, and wants to raise your taxes (by a lot). Vote for Troy on Tuesday!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 4. August 2018

Trump also asks defiantly behind the idea that, historically, the party has seen that controls the White house suffers significant losses in the midterms, with the statement, “but I say, why?”

Balderson just the Republican won the primary for the seat earlier this year in the midst of a crowded field, and sat largely as a loyal Trump supporters. He said he would help “build the Trump wall, and defend the Christian values” in an advertisement.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich — the often criticized Trump running against him for the GOP presidential nomination-also Balderson, has approved said he is a “partner in the turn around Ohio when we passed the tax cuts and a balanced budget.”


“It’s kind of really shocking, because this should be only added a slam dunk [Republicans], and it is not,” Kasich said on ABC News “This Week” on Sunday, adding that he believed that Balderson would win.

“But it is really not good for the Republican party because of this … it can’t be denied,” Kasich.

Balderson also has support of other prominent Republicans. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, also came up short on the stage, during the rally at the request of the President, and was supported met with chants from the audience for him for the house speakership.

Top Republicans are hoping that Balderson would draw the support of moderates like Kasich and Trump supporters said in Washington, a large, diverse crowd of supporters to the polls on Tuesday. Balderson itself, its series of endorsements, told reporters this week he “had announced that the Republican party is United.”

The Aug. 7 special election to replace retired Rep. Pat Tiberi nniger is considered to be a bellwether for the upcoming mid-term elections in November, and a clear referendum on Trump and Republican leaders, including Jordan.

A Quinnipiac University poll found that Democrats have a 12-point lead opened on the generic House ballot — a gap that the Republicans had nearly closed, only a couple of months.

Several other States hold primaries on Tuesday, but Ohio is promises to be a special election, the last great partisan of the test in the run-up to the November mid-term elections.

The array of the midterm season-nomination contests has proven confusing even for Washington insiders. Trump said last week, incorrectly, that the voters in Ohio to “get out and vote” for Rep. Steve Stivers, who has already won the GOP-nomination for his house seat earlier this year. He put out later in the tweet and published its approval of Balderson.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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