Major 'Trump effect' in OH, 4 state primary races

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Michael F. Haverluck (

Donald Trump 2Candidates backed by President Donald Trump fared well in Tuesday night’s races, giving evidence to the “Trump effect” – with Republican State Senator Troy Balderson claiming victory in a narrow lead in Ohio’s special election, along with many other Trump-backed competitors from the four state primaries in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington State claiming victory.

Most attention throughout the night was placed on Balderson’s contest in Ohio’s special election against insurgent Democrat Danny O’Connor for a vacant House seat, and Trump’s pick in this major rivalry has already claimed victory – despite the extremely tight results from the ballot box.

Trump, Balderson flying high in Ohio

Toward the end of a major battle to take over the House seat of Republican Pat Tiberi – who resigned back in January to assume another position – Balderson was anxious to deny Democrats a huge upset going into November’s midterm elections in Ohio’s historically conservative 12th District.

“Speaking to cheering supporters Tuesday night, Balderson said O'Connor ran a ‘hard race’ and claimed victory,” Fox News reported.

He gladly admitted Trump helped take him over the top.

"[President Trump] definitely brought major excitement, and they were excited to see him up here," Balderson proclaimed Monday, according to Fox News.

Trump took to Twitter to show his followers how his support was all that Balderson needed to come from behind and end up on top against his Democratic challenger.

"The lesson that the Republican establishment refuses to learn is that the days of Karl Rove telling you to run to the middle to win are over. Donald Trump ran to the right – and he won.

"If Donald Trump had not come [to the 12th District] on Saturday – and if the Tea Party members in Ohio had not come out and done their duty and voted for someone we didn't even like but we knew we had to hold that seat – [Balderson] loses.

"In November, [voters will] be turning out for the big Senate race between Sherrod Brown and Jim Renacci, they'll be turning out for the governor's race – and that turnout will pretty much ensure that Balderson wins by a bigger majority because there are more Republicans in the Ohio 12th. So we certainly expect to hold that seat."

Tom Zawistowski, executive director
Portage County (OH) Tea Party
(in an interview with OneNewsNow)

“When I decided to go to Ohio for Troy Balderson, he was down in early voting 64 to 36 – that was not good,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning after the Ohio senator declared a win. “After my speech on Saturday night, there was a big turn for the better. Now Troy wins a great victory during a very tough time of the year for voting. He will win BIG in Nov.”

However, O’Connor has not conceded and thrown in the towel yet.

"We don't know the results quite yet," the Democratic candidate asserted in a statement that was released just before midnight, according to Fox News.

At last count, less than 2,000 votes separated the two candidates, with just several thousand left to count.

“The race remains too close to call, [as] Balderson maintains a slim one-percentage point lead with all precincts reporting, but there are at least 3,435 provisional ballots left to be reviewed and 5,048 outstanding absentee ballots,” Fox News’ Gregg Re announced. “That's enough for O'Connor to potentially pick up enough votes to force a mandatory recount.”

Things might not be officially wrapped up in the contest until next week.

“Unofficial Ohio state election totals showed Balderson with 101,574 votes and O'Connor with 99,820 – a mere 1,754 vote difference,” Re noted. “State officials said that boards of elections cannot begin counting those additional ballots until the 11th day after the election, August 18.”

Major finances were spent by both parties to get their word out before Tuesday night’s contest.

“O'Connor has dominated Balderson on the local airwaves,” Re noted. “His campaign spent $2.25 million on advertising compared to Balderson's $507,000, according to campaign tallies of ad spending. The Republican campaign arm and its allied super PAC were forced to pick up the slack, spending more than $4 million between them.”

Trump hits his mark in Missouri

Things also went well for the president in the Show Me State, where Trump-backed Attorney General Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) won his GOP Senate primary Tuesday night.

After winning, he boldly proposed future debates against his Democratic rival who he is slated to battle in the November midterm election, Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.). She also won her contest Tuesday night.

“Weak. Try again. Stop hiding, stop ducking, start doing your job,” Hawley tweeted Wednesday morning. “Debate me. One on one. You’ve got to earn this.”

He followed up with another tweet.

“Tonight, I challenge Claire McCaskill to a series of one-on-one debates all over Missouri,” another tweet from Hawley reads. “No moderator. No complicated rules. No TV studio. Just the two of us debating in the best traditions of our country on the back of a flatbed truck.”

Trump a hit in Michigan, socialist Dems miss mark

The president was also a hit in the state known for its Great Lakes and automobile industry in Motown.

“Trump-endorsed Attorney General Bill Schuette easily defeated numerous candidates for the Republican primary, including Dr. Jim Hines, president of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley,” TheBlaze reported. “Trump also endorsed veteran John James, who won the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow in the midterms.”

But things were more somber for ultra-left socialist stars, whose candidate was a bit too radical for liberal Michigan Democrats.

“Socialist Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tried to extend the progressive takeover of the Democratic party in Tuesday's numerous primary elections, but their hopes were dashed to the rocks,” TheBlaze’s Carlos Garcia explained. “After a shocking upset victory by Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, she and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were hoping to continue a progressive takeover of the Democratic party – but that hope was dashed to the rocks Tuesday.”

They were trying to catapult their Muslim candidate to victory.

“Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders could not push insurgent left-wing candidate El-Sayed across the finish line,” Breitbart News informed.

And the Muslim’s loss to his challenger was by no narrow margin, which put a major dent in the socialists’ run heading into November’s midterms elections

“Former state senator Gretchen Whitmer easily defeated former Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion Executive Director Abdul El-Sayed and entrepreneur Shri Thanedar,” Garcia noted. “Abdul El-Sayed was seen as the progressive alternative to the more mainstream Whitmer – firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed El-Sayed to perpetuate the left-wing takeover of the Democratic party.”

The socialists’ pick for the House, Fayrouz Saad – another Muslim – also suffered a dismal fate Tuesday night.

“Ocasio-endorsed Fayrouz Saad also lost the endorsement to Michigan’s 11th district in the U.S. House of Representatives to Hillary Clinton-endorsed Haley Stevens,” Garcia added. “Saad would have been the first Muslim woman elected to Congress if she had won the nomination and the general election.”

Another major Dem-GOP rivalry was also set after Tuesday night’s results.

And in Michigan, Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow will take on military veteran and business executive John James, who won the Republican nomination,” The Associated Press (AP) reported. “He would join Tim Scott of South Carolina as the only black Republican senators if he wins in November.”

Trump effect in Kansas, too?

Trump is expected to be clicking his heels in Kansas, as well, as his candidate of choice appears to be well on the road to victory.

“Trump-endorsed Kris Kobach was narrowly ahead of incumbent Jeff Colyer on Tuesday night,” Garcia announced.

Just hours later early Wednesday morning, Koback appeared to be wrapping up the win.

“Wilson County is now fully reporting all precincts, giving Kris Kobach a larger lead of about 864 votes ahead of Gov. Jeff Colyer,” Breitbart reported. “Now, the remaining – about 400 precincts in Johnson County – are the only votes out. Kobach will need to keep a moderate pace in that county to remain ahead and win.”

As opposed to the bad news for leading socialists in Michigan, things looked a little more hopeful for Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders in Kansas.

“The Ocasio-Sanders socialist movement had only one possible victory in a U.S. House district in Kansas,” Garcia explained. “Brent Welder was endorsed by both Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez for the nomination against Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in Kansas’ 3rd district, and he appeared to be heading towards victory on Tuesday.”

On the way in Washington

In the deep-blue state of Washington, Trump’s choice for victory in November, Susan Hutchison, won her Tuesday night bid in the Republican senate race.

“Democrat incumbent, Maria Cantwell, will face Republican Susan Hutchinson in the Washington Senate general election, AP projects,” NBC Politics tweeted early Wednesday morning.

A radical Democrat scored a big win in the Evergreen State’s biggest metropolitan area.

“Sarah Smith hoped to defeat 11-term incumbent Adam Smith, who is far more conservative than the Socialist Democrat, but that hope was easily crushed in Washington’s 9th district,” Garcia announced.

Smith’s victory is turning the sanctuary city of Seattle an even deeper shade of blue.

“And in suburban Seattle, three Democrats vied in a jungle primary for the seat held by another retiring Republican, Rep. Dave Reichert,” AP reported.

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