Congressional Race Too Close To Call In Deep Red District In Ohio, As Rust Belt Builds Resentment Toward Trump

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The special election race in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor appears to be going right down to the wire.

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A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday shows Balderson receiving 44% support and O’Connor pulling 43%, with 11% of respondents saying they are undecided. That’s a shift from a little over a month ago, when Monmouth found Balderson leading O’Connor by 10 points.

 

 

President Trump visited Ohio on Saturday in what appeared to be an attempt to fire up the Republican base, but Democrats close to O’Connor’s campaign hope it will also spur Democratic excitement and turn off Republicans wary of Trump. The President’s approval in the district stands at 46%, with 49% saying they disapprove of his job performance.

 

With 99 percent of early and election day ballots counted, Republican Tony Balderson led Democrat Danny O’Connor by 1,688 votes, or 0.8 percent, but provisional ballots had yet to be counted. Green Party candidate Joe Manchik received 1,120 votes. If the race is within 0.5 percent, Ohio requires an automatic recount of the votes.

The 12th District has been held by a Republican for over 30 years and was expected to be an easy win for Balderson, but late polling showed the race to be a virtual tie, forcing the party to spend millions to try to avoid defeat.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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