2018 election

Updated at 8:26 a.m. ET

Republican Troy Balderson held a narrow lead over Democrat Danny O'Connor in a hotly-contested Ohio special congressional election, with outstanding provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted.

Even if Balderson secures victory in the end, the result is sending the GOP warning signs for what's to come in November.

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It's election day, as voters in Ohio's 12th District decide the final congressional contest before November's national midterms.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray shakes hands with supporters during an election night event Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus.
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The latest campaign fundraising numbers for statewide candidates in 2018 are in, with Democrats and Republicans keeping the race tight – and expensive.

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

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Voters in Ohio’s 12th congressional district have been inundated with political mailers leading up to Tuesday’s election. But there’s one type of mail that some voters say has crossed the line.

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Tuesday is election day, but there's really only one contest to watch: Ohio's 12th congressional district.

A critical House special election on Tuesday could provide some of the biggest clues yet about how much trouble Republicans could be in this November.

In Ohio, the last Republican vs. Democrat matchup before November has become the latest proxy fight for whether Democrats can harness the energy, activism and overperformance in past special elections to pull off an upset in a GOP-held district.

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Democrat Danny O'Connor is within striking distance of winning the 12th congressional district race, with both him and Republican Troy Balderson making a big final push to get out votes for Tuesday's special election.

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Voting rights groups say they are getting reports of misinformation and misleading text messages.

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Voters in Gahanna will decide in November whether to approve an income tax hike, putting the city's tax in line with Columbus but above other suburbs. City leaders say it's necessary because of a projected budget shortfall and delayed infrastructure projects, but the proposal has drawn the ire of local business owners.

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