Ohio's 12th congressional district special election too close to call

Voters head to the polls in 5 states

Voters head to the polls in 5 states

Whatever the final outcome of Tuesday's vote, Balderson and O'Connor will face each other again in November.

Republicans were only able to win a once safe district by spending millions in outside money and an election eve visit from Trump. After the polls closed at 7:30 p.m central (8:30 p.m. eastern) the early voting results gave O'Connor more than a 2 to 1 lead, but that differential was anticipated by both sides. "Strong on Crime, Border & Military", the president tweeted on the eve of the election. Bernie Sanders and ascending political star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a NY congressional candidate.

"We always knew this was going to be a close race, and while we don't know the results quite yet, I know that this campaign left it all on the field", O'Connor said in a statement Tuesday night.

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.

Republican outside groups spent more than $5 million combined to salvage Balderson's prospects in the race after he was vastly out-raised by O'Connor.

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Regardless, while Republicans were spared from headlines proclaiming another stunning Democratic win, it's a bad sign for the GOP that provisional ballots are even entering the discussion in a district Donald Trump won by 11 points in 2016.

Also in the race: Native American attorney Sharice Davids and former school teacher Tom Niermann. "At our core we've always been a party about people - how we empower people against big corporations and against the exploitation we've seen for a long time".

Republican Troy Balderson led Democrat Danny O'Connor by about 1,700 votes with all precincts reporting, although the OH secretary of state's office said a final result would be delayed until more than 8,000 provisional and absentee ballots were counted.

O'Connor and his Democratic allies railed against the tax plan, casting it as a giveaway for the rich that exacerbates federal deficits and threatens Medicare and Social Security.

The pro-Balderson effort has focused largely on motivating Republican voters by casting O'Connor as extreme.

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Balderson's campaign manager did not dispute Kasich's claim Monday, instead declining to comment directly on it. All 435 House seats, 35 of 100 Senate seats and 36 of 50 governors' offices are up for grabs in November.

The stakes were also high Tuesday for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Sen.

Balderson also got a boost from second-term Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who endorsed him late in the race, even as he sounded an alarm over the Trump-driven tactics, warning that they had alienated suburban women, in particular. "He will win BIG in Nov".

The Republican Party has held the OH 12th District seat for more than three decades, so the very fact that it's so close is significant.

President Trump campaigned for Balderson, a 56-year-old state senator, this past weekend in an effort to energize the GOP base, but some Republicans anxious that the president's appearance could have had an adverse effect by motivating voters who don't like Trump to come out for O'Connor.

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