The strong performance in Tuesday’s special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District by Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson against Democrat Danny O’Connor shows President Trump made the difference. Voters in the central Ohio district sent a message: the Trump agenda is leading America in the right direction and they don’t want to turn back.
President Trump, Balderson and the Republican National Committee all claimed victory for Balderson. However, news organizations are saying the race is too close to call because of provisional and absentee ballots that won’t be looked at until Aug. 18.
Anti-Trump media set the stage for a big Democratic upset in the Ohio race. But the Trump economy is booming and the president’s dedication to keeping the House in Republican control worked to Balderson’s advantage.
Balderson was ahead of O’Connor by a razor-thin margin of 1,745 votes before the examination of all absentee and provisional ballots. This shows that talk of a blue wave sweeping Democrats to victories over GOP candidates is clearly premature.
Democrats are finding out that strong economic numbers like 4.1 percent annualized economic growth, 3.9 percent unemployment, and 3.4 million jobs created on President Trump’s watch will make success in November harder than expected for the left.