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The race also received extra national attention due to President Donald Trump's involvement, as he endorsed Balderson and stumped for the Republican candidate in OH last weekend.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a leading voice in the GOP's shrinking anti-Trump wing, once represented the district in Congress.

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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.

"While we won tonight, this remains a very tough political environment and moving forward, we can not expect to win tough races when our candidate is being outraised", Corry Bliss, the head of the big-spending Congressional Leadership Fund, warned in a Tuesday night statement.

But just as with other special elections in the 2018 cycle where Democrats waged a competitive race on red turf, from Alabama's Senate seat to Pennsylvania's 18th District, Republicans started to see danger signs as the election drew nearer.

Trump took credit for the Republican candidate's performance, calling it "a great victory", even though the contest could be headed to a mandatory recount. Trump had weighed in on Schuette's behalf - the attorney general had been a loyal supporter of the president's, but during the presidential election Calley had withdrawn his support for Trump in October 2016 following the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape.

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Republican strategists also conceded the race was tougher than initially envisioned. Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Trump critic, endorsed Balderson and Vice President Mike Pence visited.

Trump carried the district by 11 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election and the Republicans have lost a House race just once there since the 1930s. Pat Tiberi resigned to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable. O'Connor and Balderson will face off again in November to serve a full two-year term.

Mr. Balderson and other Republicans claimed victory late Tuesday night, though no news organizations called the race and there remained an unknown number of provisional ballots still to be counted. "They can make it close, but they can't get over the hump", former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges texted TPM as the final results rolled in Tuesday night. "He never stops working", Trump said of Balderson, a former Ironman race competitor. "We are in a tie ball-game", he told supporters at his election night party.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump stumped for Balderson in a steamy high school gym in Lewis Center, north of Columbus. The Republican victory would mean Democrats will still need a net pickup of 23 seats to win the House this fall.

Voters in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington state joined those in OH in Tuesday's voting. Lacy Clay defeated insurgent Cori Bush in the 1st Congressional District, and in the governor's race in MI. Two vulnerable Senate Democrats, Missouri's Claire McCaskill, and Michigan's Debbie Stabenow are facing challenges in their states.

The script for Ohio's special election was somewhat familiar: An experienced Trump loyalist, two-term state Sen.

Trump made his preference clear for Kobach.


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