Troy Balderson vs. Danny O'Connor

Troy Balderson vs. Danny O'Connor

In the Republican primary for Kansas governor, Trump on Monday endorsed Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state known for his crusade for restrictive voting laws, over incumbent Colyer.

The day's races, like dozens before them, pitted the strength of Trump's fiery supporters against the Democratic Party's anti-Trump resistance. So, it seems the GOP will hold the line, albeit just barely.

The special election in OH coincided with with a series of primaries for Senate, House and gubernatorial nominations in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington. One nationally watched central OH race could swell Democratic enthusiasm or dash it upon the rocks.

It's election day, as voters in Ohio's 12th District decide the final congressional contest before November's national midterms. In an early, election morning tweet, Trump said Balderson would make a "great congressman".

Tuesday's contest will determine who takes over the unexpired term of former Rep. He'll reprise his campaign against Balderson from now through November's general election.

Earlier in the week, Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Balderson in Newark. "Too close for the GOP's comfort", Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor, wrote to TIME in the hours leading up to the race. O'Connor had said he wouldn't vote for Pelosi as leader, but Republicans tried to link the two anyway. Across the state, conservatives are challenging moderate Republicans and Democrats in a coordinated effort to reclaim legislative seats they lost two years ago. Flynn, 43, said he didn't care for mudslinging on either side of the campaign.

In Ohio, Democratic county official Danny O'Connor was locked in a tight congressional race with Republican state Sen.

But it's a bad sign for Republicans that they keep having to fight this hard to hold onto seats that are normally slam dunks for their party.

It's unclear how much Trump's support helped or hurt Balderson. 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. Polls began to show a close race in July, and the GOP frantically dumped money and resources into the district to try to shore up Balderson.

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Democrats, meanwhile, have been attacking Balderson by casting his support of tax cuts as threats to Social Security and Medicare. In November, Republicans will be defending over 70 seats that are considered more favorable for Democrats and will not have those advantages.

According to data obtained by TIME, Balderson had only spent $507,206 on television ads as of August 3, while O'Connor had spent over $2 million.

"They do everything right and, right now in Washington, D.C., no one has their back", he said.

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.

The two will face off again in November to see who holds the seat in 2019 and 2020. He suggested the race may foretell a Republican "red wave" in November.

Trump made his preference clear for Kobach.

"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.

National Democrats have turned their attention to the district since Arrington, a first-term member of the S.C. House, upset U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in June's Republican primary. James also had help in the state from musician Kid Rock, who had once flirted with running against incumbent Democratic Michigan Sen.

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