Voters around the state of Kansas showed up at the polls Tuesday to decide competitive primary races and set the stage for the November general election.
Polls closed at 7 p.m.
Republicans declared victory with Steve Stivers, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, saying "I'm proud that my fellow central Ohioan, Troy Balderson, will join me in Congress" and congratulating him on a "hard-fought victory".
In Ohio, Democratic county official Danny O'Connor was locked in a tight congressional race with Republican state Sen.More news: People Killed in Santa Ana Plane Crash Identified
Republican Troy Balderson is running with Trump's endorsement in a district the president won by 11 points in 2016.
This special election in the 12congressional district is the last contest until the 2018 midterms, where Democratic enthusiasm is through the roof. Bernie Sanders and ascending political star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a NY congressional candidate.
It's unclear how much Trump's support helped or hurt Balderson.
Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich said the race shouldn't even be close, but it is. It's an enormous amount of exposure for their party and we don't see that for the Republican party. 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. O'Connor had raised almost $1.5 million and had spent $1.35 million, but had vastly outspent Balderson when it came to television advertising.
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.More news: U.S. unemployment fell to 3.9% in July
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.
"A Republican loss well might tell us more". Three mainstream Democrats were among those vying for a chance at retiring Republican Rep. Dave Trott's seat in November. The field includes Fayrouz Saad, who would be the first Muslim woman in Congress.
Republicans are scrambling to avoid an embarrassing defeat in a seat that the party has held for decades.
Senate contests in Missouri and MI will come into focus as two vulnerable Senate Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow, are expected to easily claim their party's nominations. He would join Tim Scott of SC as the only black Republican senators if he wins in November.
The night before the rally, Trump took to Twitter to attack LeBron James, calling the National Basketball Association star dumb just days after James, an OH native, poured tens of millions of his own dollars into the opening of an innovative public school in Akron. Claire McCaskill claimed her party's nomination, while state Attorney General Josh Hawley will represent the GOP.More news: Trump to bump up proposed Chinese tariff
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