Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

U.S. mid-term elections: Trump claims win in key OH vote

Troy Balderson Danny O'Connor Poll ‘Dead Heat’ in Ohio-12 Special Congressional Election Campaign Handouts 6 Aug 2018
| 08 August, 2018, 11:42

Republicans spent millions on the race, with President Trump holding a rally there last week in support of Balderson, and the last time a Democrat won the district was in the 1980s.

And in suburban Seattle, three Democrats vied in a jungle primary for the seat held by another retiring Republican, Representative Dave Reichert. He'll reprise his campaign against Balderson from now through November's general election.

Kobach's penchant for provoking outrage could serve him well in a crowded seven-candidate Republican primary Tuesday.

Troy Balderson, 56, eked out a win in Tuesday's down-to-the-wire special election to fill Ohio's 12th congressional district after trailing Democrat Danny Lawyer much of the evening. OH is one of the key battleground states in the mid-terms.

But US news outlets have not called the contest yet. However, the OH secretary of state reported there are 8,483 outstanding absentee and provisional ballots left to count - much more than Balderson's 1,754-vote lead.

An estimated 8,000 provisional and absentee ballots remain to be counted, which will delay official certification of the results.

"We're not stopping now".

Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio's 12th Congressional District, greets a crowd of supporters during an election night party.

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility. Trump claimed victory nevertheless.

A special congressional election that tested US President Donald Trump's clout and cost both parties millions of dollars in battleground OH was too close to call early Wednesday (Weds afternoon NZT).


The two will face off again in November to see who holds the seat in 2019 and 2020.

Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, built a national reputation as a conservative agitator for both tough immigration policies and strict voter identification laws.

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

Trump-endorsed Iraq veteran John James has won the Republican Senate primary in Michigan, CNN reports.

Kansas Republicans were fighting among themselves in a battle for governor, where Secretary of State Kris Kobach was trying to unseat Governor Jeff Colyer.

In Missouri, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill claimed her party's nomination, while state Attorney General Josh Hawley will represent the GOP.

The central OH race was the marquee contest on a day when four other states held nominating contests, including a battle for governor in MI in which a mainstream candidate beat a progressive and a high-profile conservative challenge to the incumbent Republican governor in Kansas.

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) said a record had been set for women major party nominees for US House elections in any one year. However, former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed lost his bid to become the country's first Muslim governor to a more moderate Democrat, former state Senate leader Gretchen Whitmer.

MI - another key battleground - also saw a swathe of women nominees. Balderson and his Republican allies have backed away from the tax plan in recent weeks, training their fire instead on top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

The victorious incumbent congressman had to fund a campaign to spell out which candidate was which.

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