Backed Republican leads close U.S. House race in Ohio

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Experts, including those at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, say the Republican challenge of holding their House majority in November is looking increasingly hard.

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

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Decision Desk tweeted at 10:40 p.m. eastern that Balderson had a 1,766 vote lead.

Earlier in the week, Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Balderson in Newark.

That narrow edge came in a district anchored in suburban Columbus, Ohio that President Trump won by 11 percentage points in 2016 and hasn't elected a Democrat in 35 years.

Whitmer will face Republican Bill Schuette, who was endorsed by Trump, in November. "At our core we've always been a party about people - how we empower people against big corporations and against the exploitation we've seen for a long time". Strong on Crime, Border & Military.

Balderson and Republicans claimed victory Tuesday night, but O'Connor did not concede the race. Troy Balderson was 1,754 votes ahead of Danny O'Connor, a Democratic county recorder, late Tuesday with thousands of provisional votes still uncounted.

Two candidates endorsed by President Donald Trump are locked in tight races, with votes from Tuesday's elections still left to count. Balderson and his Republican allies have backed away from the tax plan in recent weeks, training their fire instead on top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Check back for updates throughout the evening as votes are counted.

Trump made his preference clear for Kobach.

Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich said the race shouldn't even be close, but it is.

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

O'Connor dominated Balderson on the local airwaves.

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.

Mr Balderson and Mr O'Connor will have to fight the seat again in November.

"A Republican loss well might tell us more".

The narrow margin will be little comfort for Republicans anxious about the prospect of a Democratic wave heading into the November 6 elections, and it is certain to encourage Democrats who performed dramatically better than expected in a district Republicans have represented since the early 1980s. The field included Fayrouz Saad, who would be the first Muslim woman in Congress.

According to CNN's Eric Bradner, there are roughly 70 House seats held by the GOP which are less conservative than Ohio's 12th District - considerably more than they would need.

Senate contests in Missouri and MI were coming into focus as two vulnerable Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow, were expected to easily claim their party's nominations. He'd join Sen. Tim Scott as the only black Republican senators if he did.

The day after Trump's appearance, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a prominent GOP critic of Trump, said he asked Balderson if he invited Trump at all into the district in the Columbus suburbs - the sort of area where Republicans have lost voters who rebelled against Trump in previous special elections.

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