Republican state Senator Troy Balderson is declaring a victory over Democrat candidate Danny O'Connor tonight in an OH special election race to finish what's left of former Representative Pat Tiberi's congressional term.
Democrat Danny O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder, center, speaks to volunteers and supporters at his campaign headquarters on Tuesday. O'Connor and Balderson will face off again in November to serve a full two-year term.
Trump himself campaigned at Balderson's side just 72 hours before Election Day, a weekend appearance to help energize his loyalists in a district the president carried by 11 percentage points.
Balderson had both Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a strong Trump critic, and the president behind him.
Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics Sean Trende joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson to give insight into Ohio's special election.
The night before the rally, Trump took to Twitter to attack LeBron James, calling the National Basketball Association star dumb just days after James, an OH native, poured tens of millions of his own dollars into the opening of an innovative public school in Akron.
"It's closer than originally thought, but it's a challenging midterm environment", said one national Republican strategist involved in the race.
In the Republican primary for Kansas governor, Trump on Monday endorsed Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state known for his crusade for restrictive voting laws, over incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer.
Republicans focussed on mobilising their voters through negative advertisements portraying the Democratic candidate as a puppet of coastal elites while the Democrats' messaging centred on protecting access to healthcare and social security.
If Balderson's 1,766 vote margin holds up, Democrats still need a net gain of 23 seats to take back the majority, and Republicans still need to hold on to 61 seats to maintain the majority. All 435 House seats, 35 of 100 Senate seats and 36 of 50 governors' offices are up for grabs in November.
Senate Republicans had hoped to make MI, a state which Trump carried, competitive, but it's fallen down the list of top targets for 2018. Republicans have controlled the district for 35 years.
The five-way Democratic primary features labor lawyer Brent Welder, who campaigned recently with self-described democratic socialists Vermont Sen.
Outside GOP groups spent millions to keep a House seat that had been in GOP hands for over three decades, winning by such a slim margin that news outlets wouldn't call the race even as President Donald Trump was bragging about it on Twitter.
O'Connor dominated Balderson on the local airwaves. Bernie Sanders and ascending political star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a NY congressional candidate.
And in suburban Seattle, three Democrats are vying in a jungle primary for the seat held by another retiring Republican, Rep. Dave Reichert.
Also in the race: Native American attorney Sharice Davids and former school teacher Tom Niermann.
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.