Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Central Ohio to campaign for Troy Balderson, a two-term Republican state senator who's in a closer-than-expected race for an open U.S. House seat.
The vice president's office confirmed in a release Sunday that Pence plans to attend a campaign event in Newark for Troy Balderson on Monday. Balderson, of Zanesville, is working to retain GOP control of the 12th District that Republicans have held for nearly 35 years.
.@Troy_Balderson has my full support! I look forward to being in Ohio with him on Monday! He'll be a fighter for President Trump's agenda that's got our economy roaring! Get out and vote for Troy on August 7th! #MAGA https://t.co/VrSW2oZnbn
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) July 27, 2018
U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, a Republican, retired in January after nearly 18 years. His seat was previously held by now-Gov. John Kasich.
President Donald Trump tweeted his support for Balderson on Friday. National Democrats are making a last-minute push for Democratic candidate Danny O'Connor in the contest that national political observers have moved from Republican-favored to a toss-up.
O'Connor reported outraising Balderson on Friday.