Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Republicans Seem Very Worried About Tuesday’s Ohio Special Election

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Lisa Bryan | 07 August, 2018, 12:24

"But in the general election, Democrats all hate Trump and among Independents he's mostly upside-down", Murphy said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "And we're doing a lot of things people don't even know about".

In that race - taking place nearly exactly three months out from the national midterms - GOP candidate state Sen.

President Donald Trump has arrived in OH at the Port Columbus International Airport and is appearing Saturday evening at Olentangy Orange High School north of Columbus in support of GOP congressional candidate Troy Balderson.

President Trump is arguing that Republicans can keep control of Congress by casting the midterms as a referendum on himself.

He questioned the idea that the party that controls the White House suffers in the midterm elections. And the most dramatic effort came on Saturday night, when President Trump held a rally in the district - though there was concern even before the rally that the president might do more harm than good.

Trump relished playing the role of Republican kingmaker, bragging how the GOP candidates he's opposed, like Rep. Mark Sanford of SC, have lost.

Trump also brought to the stage Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, "a tough cookie".


"It's likely in the end that Balderson should be able to win narrowly", he said.

Democrats have "a weak candidate because there's no message", he declared.

"I think [Trump and his political advisers] think they are firing up the base", at such rallies, added Kasich, who was among several establishment party leaders Trump defeated for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

The congressional seat has been vacant since January, when nine-term congressman Patrick Tiberi resigned.

The rally comes hours after Trump denounced arguably Ohio's favorite native son, basketball superstar LeBron James, who just opened a school for underprivileged children in Akron.

Trump predicted a "tremendous victory" for Balderson, who polls say is in a dead heat in his race against Democrat Danny O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder.

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