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What Tuesday's too-close-to-call elections mean for November

August 09,2018 13:17

Ohio Republican Troy Balderson carried on Tuesday night as if he had won the special House election, but his lead is razor-thin over Democrat Danny O'Connor in a traditionally red district. In Kansas, Trump-backed GOP gubernatorial candidate Kris ...and more »


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 Meanwhile, the White House said today that President Trump, who campaigned for Balderson, will continue supporting candidates who back his agenda.
The president had backed several other candidates competing on Tuesday in Republican primaries. Michigan Gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette, Michigan gubernatorial candidate John James, and Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley all won the GOP nominations in their races.
And in neighboring Kansas, the Trump-backed Republican gubernatorial candidate, Kris Kobach, has the smallest of leads, less than 200 votes, over the state’s incumbent Republican governor, Jeff Colyer. The Associated Press is not projecting a winner in that race either.
Colyer has been in state government for a decade, but has only been governor for half-a-year, while Kobach, Kansas’ current secretary of state, has gained a national profile with hard-line conservative stances on immigration and voting rights.
In Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer clinched the Democratic nomination for governor over Abdul El-Sayed in a contest that tested the staying power of liberal candidates like El-Sayed, who were backed by independent Senator Bernie Sanders. Michigan will also almost certainly send the first-ever Muslim woman to Congress. Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic primary to fill, starting in January, the Detroit-area seat vacated by Congressman John Conyers after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
Tlaib will have no Republican opposition in the fall, smooth sailing for one of the record 185 women who are major-party nominees for House seats this midterm year.
And here for more on those election results is Kyle Kondik. He analyzes elections at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and he is also the author of “The Bellwether -Why Ohio Picks the President.”
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