2018 election

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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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President Trump supporters joined a line snaking almost half a mile on Saturday afternoon, hoping to make it into the Olentangy Orange High School gym for the president’s rally. Inside, supporters fanned themselves with “Make America Great Again” and “Women for Trump” signs as the air conditioning struggled to keep up with the throng.

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The Democrat who wants to be Ohio’s next governor says the state needs to repair its roads and bridges, make sure all of the state has access to broadband internet, and invest in public transportation.

The last special congressional election before Election Day is turning into a nail-biter for Republicans.

President Trump will make a campaign stop on Saturday for Troy Balderson, a Republican state senator running to represent Ohio's 12th congressional district, which includes affluent suburbs of Columbus as well as rural parts of central Ohio.

Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif.
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President Donald Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels could be on stage in Ohio at the same time, some 90 miles apart.

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President Trump is coming to Central Ohio this weekend to campaign for Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson before the upcoming August 7 special election.

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on behalf of 81 candidates for federal and state offices on Wednesday, his first major batch of endorsements for the 2018 midterm elections.

"I'm proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they're running to represent," Obama said in a statement.

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President Trump is coming to Central Ohio to campaign for state Rep. Troy Balderson, with just days left before the August special election for the 12th Congressional District.

You may well look at your ballot in November and see the names of more women candidates than you can ever remember – especially for local offices.

About time, many of you will say.

And, to put it in its simplest terms, you have one person to thank for that.

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