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With all precincts reporting, Balderson, an OH state senator who closely linked himself to President Trump - appearing with him at a rally last weekend - held a 0.9 percent lead over O'Connor, a county recorder and moderate Democrat.

Democrats looking for a shocking underdog win in a special election in OH on Tuesday are hoping not only to snatch a House seat in a historically Republican district, but also to energize their national effort to fight President Trump's agenda and reclaim a congressional majority. While provisional ballots were still outstanding, that's likely enough for him to avoid a recount.

James Thompson, their pick in Kansas' 4th Congressional District, won his race and will run against Rep. Ron Estes in the general election. He would join Tim Scott of SC as the only black Republican senators if he wins in November. Below, see live results below as they come in.

A number of states are picking candidates today for that big election in the fall.

The day's races, which also included contests in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington state, pitted Mr Trump's fiery supporters against the Democratic Party's anti-Trump resistance.

O'Connor seemed to have the momentum in the run-up to Tuesday's election.

A Republican clung to a narrow lead in a hotly contested U.S. House of Representatives race in OH late on Tuesday, holding off a strong challenge in the reliably Republican district after a late show of support from President Donald Trump. Three mainstream Democrats are viewed as leaders to vie for retiring Republican Rep. Dave Trott's seat in November.

"While we won tonight, this remains a very tough political environment and moving forward, we can not expect to win tough races when our candidate is being outraised", said Corry Bliss, executive director of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC that is working to keep the Republican majority in the House.

"[If] you've got a 45-55 seat gain in the House and a Democratic Senate, impeachment hearings will happen", said Olsen, a senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Polls have closed in Ohio's 12th Congressional District, Missouri, Michigan and Kansas.

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There are dozens of Republican-held seats more favourable to Democrats across the country than Ohio's 12th district, a predominantly rural and suburban seat previously held by the state's moderate Republican Governor John Kasich.

Ohio Republicans argued that the race should be taken as a warning, but not a reason to panic. So, as Republicans like Ohio Gov. John Kasich - a vocal critic of Trump - pointed out prior to Election Day, the sheer fact that the race is so close should strike fear in the hearts of GOP operatives.

Ultimately, the results may not even be known for a while.

Voters in OH and Kansas joined those in Missouri, Michigan and Washington state.

The Republican president's shadow also loomed over primary contests in four other states, none bigger than Kansas, where Trump roiled the governor's race by opposing the GOP incumbent on the eve of the election.

The Ohio race - the last special congressional election before November - is one of two taking place on Tuesday into which President Donald Trump has injected himself, turning both into new tests of Trump's tactics and sway with Republican voters.

In the MI governor's race, progressive favorite Abdul El-Sayed, the 33-year-old former Detroit health official vying to become the nation's first Muslim governor, faces former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer, who is considered the favorite in the race.

Meanwhile progressive duo Sen.

Former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, who had support form Emily's List and Planned Parenthood, defeated Abdul El-Sayed, who had the backing of numerous liberal groups and campaigned with Mr. Sanders and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is expected to take on McCaskill, and in MI, military veteran and business executive John James is vying for the chance to knock off Stabenow.

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