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DNC Chair: Narrow Ohio special election loss is ‘good sign’ for Democrats in midterms

August 8, 2018

The head of the Democratic National Committee said their House candidate’s near victory in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District bodes well for the party’s chances of flipping control of the House this fall.

DNC Chair Tom Perez, in a fundraising email, said Tuesday’s special election race to fill an open seat in a district that President Trump won by double digits in 2016 and Republicans have held since 1983 “wasn’t supposed to be competitive.”

“But last night proved Democrats can close the gap anywhere, even in the reddest districts,” Mr. Perez said. “If we’re keeping it this close in this district now, it’s a good sign for our chances across the country this November.”

Republican Troy Balderson claimed victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor in the contest. With 100 percent of the precincts counted, Mr. Balderson held a 50.15 to 49.29 percent lead over Mr. O’Connor.

The race had yet to be called, but President Trump and GOP groups claimed victory.

“There are dozens of seats on the line in November that are major red-to-blue opportunities -- and more than 60 Republican-held congressional districts currently rate more competitive for Democrats than OH-12,” Mr. Perez said. “No matter what the outcome is in OH-12, we’ve proved we can compete and fight for every vote in every one of those districts -- as long as we have the resources.”

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