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Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns

Democrat O’Connor has lead in early OH returns

With 100 percent of the precincts counted, Mr. Balderson, a state senator, was clinging to lead of 50.1 percent to 49.2 percent over Mr. O'Connor, Franklin County recorder.

The script for Ohio's special election was somewhat familiar: An experienced Trump loyalist, Balderson, was fighting a strong challenge from O'Connor, a fresh-faced Democrat, in a congressional district held by the Republican Party for more than three decades.

Under Ohio law, the remaining absentee and provisional ballots can not be counted for 11 days, the Secretary of State's office said.

The August election was to fill former GOP Rep.

Republican strategists in Washington are also watching Kansas closely.

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"If you have a real blue wave - if you have the sort of wave, the late break that happened in 2006 where Democrats, from this point, they were ahead in the generic ballot, but they gained 6.6 percent between this point in 2006 and the Election Day - that will give the Democrats the Senate", he added. Trump himself showed up to campaign, and warned his supporters that O'Connor was "a vote for open borders".

On if one or the other has momentum: O'Connor comes into this with some momentum.

"It's going to be tough, but we feel very positive, we feel very good with the amount of volunteers that we've had here, the enthusiasm, the amount of hours that we've put in", Balderson said. Brent Welder, meanwhile, was leading the Democratic primary in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District.

There are dozens of Republican-held seats more favourable to Democrats across the country than Ohio's 12th district, a predominantly rural and suburban seat previously held by the state's moderate Republican Governor John Kasich.

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. This was a particularly thorny issue in the home district of John Kasich, the popular Republican governor of the state who has remained an unabashed critic of Trump.

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Ultimately, the results may not even be known for a while.

Voters in OH and Kansas join those across Missouri, Michigan and Washington state at the ballot box.

His favored candidate for MI governor, state Attorney General Bill Schuette, defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to claim the GOP nomination. In the 2016 presidential election against Hillary Clinton, Trump won all but two counties in the state.

Republicans focussed on mobilising their voters through negative advertisements portraying the Democratic candidate as a puppet of coastal elites while the Democrats' messaging centred on protecting access to healthcare and social security. El-Sayed had the backing of top national progressives, including Vermont Independent Sen. Whitmer had the backing of labor groups and EMILY's List, and continues a streak of wins by Democratic women in primaries.

The night before the rally, Trump took to Twitter to attack LeBron James, calling the National Basketball Association star dumb just days after James, an OH native, poured tens of millions of his own dollars into the opening of an innovative public school in Akron. Debbie Stabenow, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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