Voters cast their ballots among an array of electronic voting machines in a polling station at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Dublin, Ohio. Two-term state Sen. Troy Balderson, is fighting off a strong challenge from Democrat Danny O'Connor, a 31-year-old county official, in a congressional district held by the Republican Party for more than three decades. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: Battleground Ohio decides final special election

August 07, 2018 - 6:23 pm

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Missouri, Kansas, Michigan and Washington and a congressional special election in Ohio (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

Battleground Ohio is deciding the year's final special election, a congressional faceoff that tests anew President Donald Trump's political clout and the appeal of his signature tax cuts.

Seventy-one-year-old retiree Gregg Schirra voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Democrat Danny O'Connor on Tuesday in Westerville.

He says, "We gave Trump a fair chance and now it's time to get the legislature working and get back on track."

At Delaware Township Hall north of Columbus, 71-year-old retiree Katheryn Terry voted for Republican Troy Balderson, saying she felt the 31-year-old O'Connor was just too young and she wasn't happy with anything about his candidacy.

She says: "I'm trying to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, and so I'm trying to be as supportive as I can, because things have turned around."


6:05 p.m.

Some Republican voters in Kansas say President Donald Trump's endorsement of Secretary of State Kris Kobach (KOH'-bahk) mattered to them as they cast votes in the GOP primary for governor.

Fifty-three-year-old math teacher Tanya Hein said Tuesday that she always planned to vote for Kobach, but Trump's endorsement was "icing on the cake."

She says incumbent Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer was part of former Gov. Sam Brownback's administration and she wanted someone with experience who was not tied to Brownback.

Seventy-three-year-old retired construction company owner Richard Cronister also says Trump's endorsement was important to him.

He says he thinks Trump's tax cuts have helped the economy and he likes Trump's stance against illegal immigration.

He also likes Kobach's style, saying, "It's refreshing to hear a politician tell the truth."


2 p.m.

Candidates in a tight congressional race are making final rounds in the sprawling central Ohio district.

The seat is open following the retirement of former GOP U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (TEE'-behr-ee) after nearly 18 years in office.

Among stops for Democrat Danny O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder, was speaking to volunteers and supporters at his campaign headquarters Tuesday morning in Columbus.

Republican Troy Balderson, a two-term state senator, included a visit to Genoa Baptist Church in Westerville in suburban Columbus Tuesday afternoon.

Jerry Cupp, a 61-year-old retiree in Westerville, voted for Balderson, but said he didn't see much difference between the candidates. He wants Congress to tackle health care.

Nick Losacco, a 79-year-old Columbus car salesman, voted for O'Connor, saying he wanted Democrats to have more control in Congress.


11 a.m.

Voting is underway in an Ohio special election that may provide clues to whether Democrats will retake the U.S. House in November.

Democrat Danny O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder, is running for an open congressional seat in central Ohio against Republican Troy Balderson, a two-term state senator. The seat opened up when ex-U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (TEE'-behr-ee) retired after almost 18 years.

Trevor Moffitt is a public health doctoral student at Ohio State University who voted for O'Connor Tuesday.

The 29-year-old resident of suburban Westerville said he liked O'Connor's willingness to work with Republicans.

Mike Flynn, a hospital unit coordinator from suburban New Albany, voted for Balderson as a show of support for Tiberi. Flynn said he didn't care for the mudslinging on either side of the campaign.


12:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump's preferred congressional candidate — and his signature tax cuts — are about to be tested in battleground Ohio in the season's final high-stakes special election.

The midsummer affair comes as Trump's shadow looms over primary contests in four other states. None is bigger than Kansas, where the Republican president roiled the governor's race by opposing the sitting Republican governor on the eve of the election.

Tuesday's elections, like dozens before them, pit the strength of the Republican president's fiery coalition against the Democratic Party's anti-Trump resistance. The results will help determine the political landscape — and Trump's standing within his own party — just three months before November's midterm elections.

Voters in Ohio and Kansas join those across Missouri, Michigan and Washington state at the ballot box.

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