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Primary Election Day Tuesday

Primary Election Day Tuesday

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.

"If Democrats are winning any of these long-shots seats on Election Night, the House is probably already a lost cause for Republicans", the report notes. In November, Republicans will be defending over 70 seats that are considered more favorable for Democrats and will not have those advantages.

The central OH race was the marquee contest on a day when four other states held nominating contests, including a battle for governor in MI in which a mainstream candidate beat a progressive and a high-profile conservative challenge to the incumbent Republican governor in Kansas.

"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", said Corry Bliss, executive director of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC that is working to keep the Republican majority in the House. An O'Connor win would elate Democrats hoping for a Trump backlash.

The tight race comes as President Trump on Monday endorsed Kobach for the position, calling him a "fantastic guy" who would "be a GREAT Governor".

Other Republicans had also rushed to Balderson's aid.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a leading voice in the GOP's shrinking anti-Trump wing, once represented the district in Congress. Trump carried this district by over 11 points in 2016.

A hotly-contested OH special congressional election is going down to the wire, with Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson locked in a tight race.

However, Tiberi resigned before finishing his term, forcing the special election to replace him.

It may take several days to count all the absentee and provisional ballots. Once they are tallied, an automatic recount would be triggered if the margin of results is within 0.5 percent.

O'Connor seemed to have the momentum in the run-up to Tuesday's election. O'Connor had said he wouldn't vote for Pelosi as leader, but Republicans tried to link the two anyway. "I want to see someone who's interested in working with the other party so we can actually get something done".

Voters sign in to cast their ballots in a polling station in Westerville, Ohio.

Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House and two seats in the Senate to win majorities in those chambers and put the brakes on Trump's agenda.

Hours after the polls closed in Kansas on Tuesday night, the state was still awaiting the results of the GOP primary nomination in the heated race between Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer.

She earned the nomination by defeating Shri Thanedar, a chemical-testing businessman, and Abdul El-Sayed, an ex-Detroit health director who was vying to become the country's first Muslim governor.

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

The big take away from the GOP's apparent narrow victory in the Ohio-12 special election on Tuesday night is this: Buckle up, because both parties are going to go all out over the next three months to maintain control of the House of Representatives.

Trump made his preference clear for Kobach.

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