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Polls on the eve of the crucial Ohio special election show “neck and neck” race as a trump, GOP face national test

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Republicans are defending a seat the GOP has held, for the most part of the last century; Kristin Fischer reports from Columbus, Ohio.

Democrats hoping for a big upset victory in a crucial Ohio special election Tuesday announced a new survey suggesting that the house race is a virtual Band, while the Republicans made an all-out final push to avert a potentially embarrassing loss in the district, which they have controlled for decades.

Some other States go to the polls for the most important primary battles on Tuesday, including Missouri, Michigan, Kansas and Washington. But the tight race for Ohio’s wealthy and highly educated 12th electoral district that had a Republican representative, for more than 35 years as a particularly critical indicator of how President Trump progress in the office is faring with the conservatives could be.

Tuesday contest in Ohio is not a primary, but a special election to determine who held the house seat by retired Rep. Pat Tiberi nniger. A survey earlier this month by the Emerson College Polling society, and published on Monday found that the upstart, the Democrat in the race, the 31-year-old Danny O’connor, is the adherence to the one-percentage-point lead over two-term Republican state Senator Troy Balderson, 56, undecided, with seven percent of very likely voters.

It is also within the poll’s scope for error, and it is a Monmouth University poll last week corresponded to published, which show no statistically significant daylight between the candidates. Trump the district increased from 11 points in 2016.

During an election advertising event on Monday, actress and Cleveland native, Kathryn Hahn, O’connor seized on the surveys, they asked the volunteers from the press through the evening, even if you are tired or thirsty for change in Washington.

“We are part of a movement,” he said. “We are part of a grass-roots movement that will change the way politics works.”

All of the available polls in the race have been performed, before the President Trump the free-run rally Saturday night in a suburb of Columbus, however, and the Republicans hope that the combination of large expenditures and national star power to turn the tide. At the rally, Trump House Minority said Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “Checks Danny O’connor, who the hell is that.”

WATCH: TRUMP Rips O’CONNOR AS a” PUPPET ” FOR PELOSI IN SWELTERING RALLY

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.

Mobile phones work on a volunteer site Monday, Balderson said he felt the enthusiasm in the whole district the following Trump’s visit on Saturday.

“He has brought huge excitement, and they were eager to see said to see him up here,” Balderson. “Being on the stage [with trombone] was incredible.”

Vice-President Mike Pence, who also attended, to protect the state, the seat was held for 18 years by GOP Gov. John Kasich and nearly another 18 of Tiberi nniger, a pro-business, establishment Republican. Both secure and campaigns for Balderson Tuesday in the special election for the Rest of Tiberi nniger the remainder of the term.

Balderson is a trump follower, but also self-aligned with Kasich, an outspoken Trump critic who ran against the President in the year 2016.

Kasich said Sunday on ABC News “This Week” that the close race “does not Bode well” for the Republicans, calling it a “shocking” turn of events in the GOP stronghold.

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In addition to the big names, Balderson also the backing of the big money. Independent expenditure groups have contributed spent more than $3.7 million in the race in the advertising, in his name, more than five times as much as the Democratic groups.

Still, Democrats hammered Balderson for his Association with trump, as well as for telling a local newspaper that he believes that raising the age for Medicare and Social security.

“I have no problem with raising the age limit” for Medicare benefits, Balderson, said in an interview with the ” Columbus Dispatch. He answered, “Yes”, when asked whether he could imagine a change in the rules for Social security eligibility, as well. His attempts to mitigate the effects of the instructions, he said, he would not suitability for pensioners or those with the “impending” retirement has something to direct criticism to change.

“We are part of a grass-roots movement that will change the way politics works.”

– Ohio Democratic Candidate Danny O’connor

Also on Tuesday, Republicans in Missouri your candidates, get to, sen. Claire McCaskill, the democratic incumbent, to be vulnerable in November. From a crowded field of Republican candidates, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the backup Trump endorsement months has proven to be a favorite, before the primary election.

And in Kansas, Gov. Jeff Colyer is looking for his first full term leading the state, but Kansas Secretary of state Kris Kobach received a last-minute endorsement from President Trump.

Democrats need to get an additional 23 seats will get a house majority in November.

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn 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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