Voters head to the polls in 5 states

Aug 08, 2018, 08:22
Voters head to the polls in 5 states

The Republican and Democratic primaries for Kansas governor, the Republican primary for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District seat, primaries for local Kansas House of Representatives seats and a Democratic primary for a seat on the Douglas County Commission were among the races that appeared on local ballots.

The CLF closed with an ad from Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) strongly endorsing the candidate, a move that may have helped shore him up just enough in the more upscale, country club Republican parts of the district (Kasich, a frequent Trump antagonist, plays much better in those parts of the state).

Balderson told supporters in OH: "I'd like to thank President Trump". "Yet not all of these races are looking secure for Republicans".

"I've worked in OH presidential and senate races for Republicans and the idea of #oh12 being a close race is sort of like hearing gravity is a regional phenomena", tweeted Republican strategist Stuart Stevens.

Republican Troy Balderson may have narrowly eked out a win in Ohio's 12th congressional district over Danny O'Connor, but the victory came at a steep price. Pat Tiberi resigned to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable.

Donald Trump has claimed victory for the Republican candidate in a hotly-contested OH election, saying his visit to the state helped him come from behind to defeat a tough challenge from his Democrat rival. A final result was delayed while a few thousand provisional votes were still to be counted. The Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC were forced to pick up the slack, spending more than $4 million between them.

On if one or the other has momentum: O'Connor comes into this with some momentum.

"[If] you've got a 45-55 seat gain in the House and a Democratic Senate, impeachment hearings will happen", said Olsen, a senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Republicans were hoping for Democratic discord in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, a suburban Kansas City district where several candidates were fighting for the chance to take on Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in November.

The 12th district has numerous hallmarks of areas that could be weak spots for Republicans this cycle - well-educated, relatively affluent suburbs that may have soured on Trump and are looking to register their frustration through their midterm vote. Whoever wins will have to defend their seat again this November.

Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington also held their regularly scheduled primaries on Tuesday, and the president endorsed candidates in several GOP races across those states.

The Democratic race for governor in MI tested the electoral power of the party's progressive wing. Troy Balderson in a district that has been in GOP hands since before the 31-year-old Democrat was born.

Whitmer will face Republican Bill Schuette, who was endorsed by Trump, in November.

"Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great State of Kansas", Mr. Trump wrote Monday on Twitter. Though Trump came in to campaign with Balderson on Saturday, the rural parts of the district didn't turn out in near the numbers as the suburban areas.

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