United States mid-term elections: Trump claims win in key OH vote

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A hotly-contested OH special congressional election is going down to the wire, with Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson locked in a tight race.

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

In recent weeks Mr. Trump has made several campaign appearances ahead of State primaries, endorsing candidates for Congress and Governor and imploring his supporters, as he did in OH on Saturday night, to get out and vote. "A very special and important race!" He was a lackluster fundraiser and avoided the press even to point of shunning friendly outlets like Fox News. While provisional ballots were still outstanding, that's likely enough for him to avoid a recount.

But there was little evidence of enthusiasm on the eve of the election as Balderson tried to connect with voters over the phone during a brief stop at a campaign phone bank.

If you intend to vote in today's primary, you will need to either already be registered as a Republican or Democrat or declare a party affiliation at the polling place. The race is a test of voter sentiment before the general election in November, when Balderson and O'Connor will battle again for the full two-year term.

While Republicans were glad to have the apparent victory, the narrowness and lack of finality of the apparent victory in a district President Trump won by 11 points in 2016 is cause for concern. And it's worth remembering that while Democrats ground out wins in a number of hard-fought special elections in 2010, they lost 63 seats that fall.

It appears that all the Republican candidates so far called as winners have been endorsed by Mr Trump.

Republican strategists in Washington are also watching Kansas closely. "I have never been more confident that we will take back the House and elect an incredible group of Democrats in November".

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But the Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders-backed Abdul El-Sayed's bid for MI governor fell short, CNN projects, as the establishment favorite, former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, nabbed the Democratic nomination and a November date with Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette. "We are in a tie ball-game", he told supporters at his election night party.

At least 168 have been nominated, with possibly more to come. "That would not only stall any Trump legislative agenda but also put investigations, possibly impeachment, on the table".

Democratic women could outnumber white male colleagues in the House after November, a recent study suggested.

The victorious incumbent congressman had to fund a campaign to spell out which candidate was which. Described by campaign operatives as a "Whole Foods" district, the largely suburban region features a far more affluent and educated voter base than the typical Trump stronghold.

Progressive candidates fared better in Kansas, where James Thompson won the Democratic nomination in the 4th District and faces Rep. Ron Estes.

All 435 House seats, 35 of the 100 Senate seats and 36 of 50 governor races are to be fought. In November, Republicans will be defending over 70 seats that are considered more favorable for Democrats and will not have those advantages.

With dozens of Republican lawmakers retiring this year, the minority party has a decent chance of taking over the House. But the Republicans are tipped to retain their majority and perhaps even consolidate it.

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