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OH 12th Congressional District Special Election Results

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Although the razor-thin race had not been called by any major news organizations, and was automatically going to a recount, Balderson, 56, delivered a victory speech and both the National Republican Congressional Committee and Trump put out statements declaring victory for their preferred candidate.

Danny O'Connor, a Democrat from Ohio and US Representative candidate, in Columbus, Ohio, before the vote. Polls close at 7 p.m. Check back for updates throughout the evening as votes are counted. Also, she met with President Donald Trump during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. He submitted petitions Monday with more than 10,000 signatures for what could become the most serious independent run for Kansas governor in decades.

On Twitter, Trump called Kobach a "strong and early supporter of mine".

Republican Troy Balderson appears to have barely squeaked by Democrat Danny O'Connor in a heavily Republican Ohio congressional district Tuesday, the latest warning sign that the GOP is headed into a brutal fall election season.

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But Democrats - buoyed by enthusiasm ever since the 2016 presidential election - have consistently overperformed in other special elections, and notched upset victories in a Pennsylvania House race in March and in the Alabama Senate race a year ago.

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The results of the race for Ohio's 12th congressional district, which was spun by some experts and pundits as a test for the possibility of a "blue wave" that could hit the Midwest this November, actually led to another Republican representing the northern Columbus suburbs, Delaware County, and the nearby foothills region until the beginning of 2019. "At our core we've always been a party about people - how we empower people against big corporations and against the exploitation we've seen for a long time".

Balderson told supporters in OH: "I'd like to thank President Trump".

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O'Connor dominated Balderson on the local airwaves.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been attacking Balderson by casting his support of tax cuts as threats to Social Security and Medicare. The Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC was forced to pick up the slack, spending more than $4 million between them. Three mainstream Democrats were among those vying for a chance at retiring Republican Rep. Dave Trott's seat in November. The field included Fayrouz Saad, who would be the first Muslim woman in Congress.

According to CNN's Eric Bradner, there are roughly 70 House seats held by the GOP which are less conservative than Ohio's 12th District - considerably more than they would need.

Senate contests in Missouri and MI were coming into focus as two vulnerable Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow, were expected to easily claim their party's nominations. President Trump came out against the sitting GOP governor on the eve of that state's vote.

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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.

OH 12th Congressional District Special Election Results