OH 12th Congressional District Special Election Results

Lamar Ellis
August 8, 2018

Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson holds a razor-thin lead over Democrat Danny O'Connor in a special election Tuesday in Ohio's 12th District, with nearly all votes counted.

Trump visited the reliably Republican 12th Congressional District in OH over the weekend to try to head off an upset in the race after polls showed a tightening battle between Balderson and O'Connor. In the 2016 presidential election against Hillary Clinton, Trump won all but two counties in the state.

WOSU has been paying close attention to the special election between Democratic Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor and Republican state Rep. Troy Balderson. In addition to more Democrats expressing high interest in the race, Murray said the shift was driven by independents unhappy with the status quo under Trump.

Trump again pushed Balderson in an early morning tweet before voting began. All 435 House seats, 35 of 100 Senate seats and 36 of 50 governors' offices are up for grabs in the November 6 contests. Kasich has been an outspoken leader of the anti-Trump Republicans.

In order to defeat a Democrat in this seat, Republican outside groups spent millions in ads and even brought in Trump himself for a last-minute rally in the district Saturday night. But O'Connor has walked a more moderate line, saying he wants new party leadership in Congress and would work with Republicans, while also criticizing the Trump tax cut.

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Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington also held their regularly scheduled primaries on Tuesday, and the president endorsed candidates in several GOP races across those states.

Schuette will face Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer in November, who claimed the nomination in one of Democrats' top pick-up opportunities this fall. Sanders came to the state last month to campaign for Thompson, who faced a primary challenge but won easily.

KS-Dem primary: In Kansas' Democrat primary for governor, the Planned Parenthood-supported Laura Kelly leads the pack with a wide margin, though only about 14 of more than 3,500 precincts are reporting thus far.

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

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