Elections test Trump clout in Ohio, other battlegrounds

Tom Steyer speaks at the Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans Louisiana on Thursday Aug. 2 2018. The liberal donor

Tom Steyer speaks at the Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans Louisiana on Thursday Aug. 2 2018. The liberal donor

Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor were running close on Tuesday in a hotly contested special election in OH that became a referendum on U.S. President Donald Trump's leadership and a chance to gauge Democratic strength ahead of November's midterm elections.

Tuesday's elections carry high stakes for Democrats, too - with races in Kansas, Michigan and Missouri, where the progressive left hopes to defeat more moderate candidates.

On stage with Trump, Balderson called himself "someone who will fight for President Trump's economic agenda".

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

A Monmouth University poll released last week showed a one-point race, with Balderson receiving 44% support to O'Connor's 43%, with 11% of respondents saying they are undecided.

The day's races, like dozens before them, pitted the strength of Trump's fiery supporters against the Democratic Party's anti-Trump resistance. Kobach was an immigration adviser to Trump's campaign in 2016 and vice chairman of Trump's commission to investigate voting fraud before the panel collapsed.

Hours before polls opened, Trump again weighed in on Twitter, casting James as "a potential Republican star".

O'Connor has dominated Balderson on the local airwaves. The Congressional Leadership Fund's ads have similarly latched O'Connor to Pelosi.

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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.

Republican strategists in Washington are also watching Kansas closely.

Trump endorsed Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state, on Monday. Strong on Crime, Border Military, " the president tweeted on the eve of the election. "And as a reporter just mentioned, the suburbs of Columbus, Franklin County which is where a third of the vote would be cast in 2016, that's the area where Balderson - President Trump did the worst", said RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who won Kansas by nearly 50 percent of the vote.

A number of races on both sides have several candidates from which to choose, including five persons running for Kansas governor on the Democratic side and seven persons running on the Republican side.

After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning victory in NY against Rep. Joe Crowley, progressives hope to demonstrate that their policies can win over voters in the middle of the country. Tuesday's contest will determine who takes over the unexpired term of former Rep.

On the left, candidates backed by Democrat-socialist darlings Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders face off in key primaries in MI and Kansas.

Schuette will face Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer in November, who claimed the nomination in one of Democrats' top pick-up opportunities this fall.

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