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Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns

Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns

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.

President Donald Trump called the OH special election for Republican Troy Balderson over his Democratic competitor Danny O'Connor despite an official call by news outlets. A win for Democrats here on Tuesday would signal further danger for Republicans in the fall.

"That this race is too close to call speaks volumes about Danny O'Connor's strength and Republicans' expensive, failed playbook".

On the Republican governor's ticket the top two contenders are Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach. In doing so, he ignored the pleas of the Republican Governors Association to stay out of the race.

Voters in OH and Kansas joined those in Missouri, Michigan and Washington state.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, President Trump's vanquished rival in the 2016 Republican presidential primary race and a prominent Never Trumper, did little to help Balderson's cause when he appeared on ABC's This Week on Sunday and declared that Balderson had not invited Trump into the district to hold last week's rally.

Republican Troy Balderson led Democrat Danny O'Connor by about 1,700 votes with all precincts reporting, although the OH secretary of state's office said a final result would be delayed until more than 8,000 provisional and absentee ballots were counted.

Balderson's campaign manager did not dispute Kasich's claim Monday, instead declining to comment directly on it.

Voters are heading to the polls to decide key races including governor where seven Republicans and five Democrats are seeking their party's nomination.

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. "A very special and important race!" he said in a second tweet. The Republican National Committee spent $650,000 and manned over 700 volunteers in get out the vote efforts. When asked about this in the polling place parking lot by the Guardian, Balderson turned his back and left it to an accompanying aide to insist that Balderson really meant Danny O'Connor was a liberal.

There are 79 House races this fall considered more competitive than the OH district - at least looking at Trump's 2016 performance - according to data compiled by the Democrats' national campaign committee.

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"Winning any of them would be icing on their cake".

Mr O'Connor and his Democratic allies have railed against the tax plan, casting it as a giveaway for the rich that exacerbates federal deficits and threatens Medicare and Social Security.

Balderson also had several stumbles.

Schuette, like Kobach, was also endorsed by Trump for governor.

"He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country - he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! That was not good", the president tweeted. Trump carried this district by over 11 points in 2016. Democrats weren't even supposed to be competitive here.

Republicans are hoping for Democratic discord in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, a suburban Kansas City region where several candidates are fighting for the chance to take on Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in November.

After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning victory in NY against Rep. Joe Crowley, progressives hope to demonstrate that their policies can win over voters in the middle of the country.

On if the midterm elections are unlikely to be like 2010: I mean I'd be surprised if they lost half as many seats as they won in 2010, mostly because Republicans don't have as much exposure. Two vulnerable Senate Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill, and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow are facing challenges in their states.

Also in the race: Native American attorney Sharice Davids and former school teacher Tom Niermann.

Mr. Hawley, the Missouri attorney general, advances to face Democratic Sen.