Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Ohio 12th Congressional District Special Election Results

Ohio 12th Congressional District Special Election Results

Democrats are hoping to rally enough of their anti-Trump base to take control of the House and Senate this fall.

Voters on Tuesday were choosing between Balderson, a state senator, and O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder, to complete the term of a Republican who retired in January. Six candidates are vying to take on incumbent GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder, who narrowly won in 2016 in a district won by Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

"A month ago this race was flying under the radar, but it has become nationalized and become more of a referendum on Trump, which really generates Democratic enthusiasm", said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in New Jersey.

One of the primary season's true sideshows ended with a lopsided win - Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kan.), who won a 2017 special election in Kansas's 4th Congressional District, has defeated Ron M. Estes, who did not. Trump campaigned for Balderson over the weekend in Ohio. All 435 House seats, 35 of 100 Senate seats and 36 of 50 governors' offices are up for grabs in the November 6 contests. He says he's a registered Republican but will probably vote for a Democrat for governor because Republicans aren't standing up to Trump, who has backed Kobach.

Democratic challenger Danny O'Connor is critical of both Republicans and Democrats. 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. Polls close in Michigan, Kansas, and Missouri at 8 PM ET and polls will close in Washington at 11 PM ET. Bernie Sanders and NY congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who catapulted to fame when she defeated the No. 4 House Democrat in a June primary.

Trump endorsed Kobach on Monday, one day ahead of the Kansas gubernatorial primary, despite some Republicans' concern Kobach that will lose the general election.

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. Kobach was an immigration adviser to Trump's campaign in 2016 and vice chairman of Trump's commission to investigate voting fraud before the panel collapsed.

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