OH 12th Congressional District Special Election Results Show Close Race

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O'Connor has wiped out most or all of Balderson's lead in opinion polls, and a Democratic win would set off alarm bells for Republicans already anxious by a series of strong performances in special elections by Democrats in the Trump era. Pat Tiberi resigned earlier this year, has taken on outsized importance for clues as to how big of a blue wave could be forming to help Democrats take back the House come November.

On this OH district: It's been Republican really since the Great Depression.

O'Connor and Balderson exchanged leads as the votes rolled in, with the Democrat ahead by about one percentage point, 50 percent to 49 percent, with about 75 percent of precincts counted in the fight for a U.S. House of Representative seat.

Democratic challenger Danny O'Connor is critical of both Republicans and Democrats. In fact, there are 69 Republican-held districts that Trump carried in 2016 by less than the margin in this area, or that Hillary Clinton carried outright.

Maloney said that type of endorsement and Trump's brand of politics is damaging the Republican party.

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Ultimately, the results may not even be known for a while. Trump only won the district by 52 percent and he's now polling at 46 percent. In the 2016 GOP presidential primary, though, Trump lost the state to conservative Sen. Polls close in Michigan, Kansas, and Missouri at 8 PM ET and polls will close in Washington at 11 PM ET. While Kobach has the backing of President Trump, Colyer has the support of the state's Republican establishment.

In the MI governor's race, progressive favorite Abdul El-Sayed, the 33-year-old former Detroit health official vying to become the nation's first Muslim governor, faces former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer, who is considered the favorite in the race.

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed campaigns with support from New York Democrat candidate for Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a rally on the campus of Wayne State University on July 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

But Democrats believe momentum from this spring's protests over education funding against Republicans who control the state government could make the state surprisingly competitive this fall.

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