Republican narrowly scrapes ahead in dramatic OH congressional race

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In November, Republicans will be defending over 70 seats that are considered more favorable for Democrats and will not have those advantages.

The Associated Press does not declare winners in races subject to an automatic recount.

Why? With 100 percent of precincts reporting, and with the early vote counted, Balderson leads O'Connor by 1,754 votes out of 202,521 votes cast.

Trump won Ohio's 12th Congressional District, for example, by more than 11 points in 2016; on Tuesday night, Balderson and O'Connor were separated by less than 1 point.

Iraq War veteran John James also won the Michigan GOP Senate primary to take on Democratic Sen. "America is on the right path, and we are going keep it going that way". "That was not good", the president tweeted.

The Ohio district includes numerous suburban women and college-educated, affluent residents that polls show have been the sort of voters turned off by Trump's chaotic first 19 months in office.

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And Kobach - who publicly backed Trump's false claim that millions of people voted illegally in 2016 and who advocates a hard-line approach to immigration - could alienate Republican voters in areas like the Kansas City and Wichita suburbs.

A tight race in today's special congressional election in OH could signal trouble for Republicans in the midterm elections.

Democrat House representative Ben Ray Luján said the seat should have been a "slam dunk" for the Republicans and the closeness of the contest was an "ominous sign" for them in November.

The 12th district has numerous hallmarks of areas that could be weak spots for Republicans this cycle - well-educated, relatively affluent suburbs that may have soured on Trump and are looking to register their frustration through their midterm vote.

"I will support whoever the Democratic Party puts forward", said O'Connor in a statement that Balderson and his outside allies immediately pounced on.

But it isn't entirely clear if Trump's support will ultimately help or hurt Balderson on Tuesday.

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"It's closer than originally thought, but it's a challenging midterm environment", said one national Republican strategist involved in the race.

His opponent's campaign was described by some analysts as "not serious".

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.

O'Connor needed Franklin County - which includes the state capital of Columbus - to come out strongly for him in order to topple his Republican rival.

The pro-Balderson effort has focused largely on motivating Republican voters by casting O'Connor as extreme. The Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC were forced to pick up the slack, spending more than $4 million between them.

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"Josh Hawley has established himself as a conservative champion for Missouri families, and we have no doubt he will beat Claire McCaskill this November", said Chris Hansen, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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