All Eyes Are On Ohio: Special Election Results May Gauge Political Climate

Today, media attention will be honed in on five states as voters have another opportunity to voice their opinions before a consequential congressional election in November.

The results of these votes could serve as a way for President Trump and others to gauge the political climate and adjust their campaigns accordingly.

A particularly important race is the congressional race in Ohio, a key state in the presidential election and one which Trump won in 2016.

Per Reuters:

The Ohio race for a U.S. House of Representatives seat headlines a day of voting across the country that also features primaries in four other states.

Trump charged into the Ohio race, the final special election before November. He visited the reliably Republican 12th Congressional District over the weekend to try to head off an upset after polls showed a tightening battle between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor.

The district, split between suburban Columbus and rural areas, has been represented by a Republican since the early 1980s. Trump carried it by 11 percentage points in the 2016 presidential race.

Politico describes the results in the Ohio election as a way to forecast the results in November:

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Tuesday’s special election in a central Ohio congressional district will provide tangible evidence of where the battle for the House stands three months out from the midterms.

Both parties have deployed their 2018 playbooks for the final special election before November, and its importance far exceeds the typical House race: If Democrat Danny O’Connor prevails, it will be a sign that Democrats are poised to take back the House next year, despite an avalanche of Republican outside money.

But if Troy Balderson, the GOP nominee, wins, it will give Republicans hope that the House isn’t lost, and that President Donald Trump can still help the party get out the vote this fall.

President Trump recently visited Ohio to express support for Balderson. Conversely, Trump also criticized Cleveland basketball icon Lebron James, which could impact the votes.

“Trump stoked the base. He energized them this weekend, so that will help balance out the intensity on the Democratic side,” said Mark Weaver, a Republican strategist based in Ohio, Politico reports. “The race is closer than it ought to be, but this is still a Republican district. And the fundamentals are on Troy’s side.”

Tuesday will also feature votes in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington. The contests in Kansas and Michigan are also notable because they feature close races for each state’s respective governorship.

Here’s Trump:


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