WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump‚Äôs clout and cost both parties millions of dollars were too close to call on Wednesday. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless and proclaimed himself ‚Äė5 for 5‚Äô for Tuesday‚Äôs Election Day.
In battleground Ohio, the president took credit for Republican Troy Balderson‚Äôs performance, calling it ‚Äúa great victory,‚ÄĚ though the congressional contest could be headed to a recount. Democrats could also celebrate their strong showing in the district that has gone Republican for decades.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not stopping now,‚ÄĚ Democrat Danny O‚ÄôConnor told cheering supporters Tuesday night. Whoever is eventually declared the winner in the special election will take office immediately but only until the end of the year. The two men will face off again in November for the full 2019-2020 term.
But Trump declared unconditional victory, tweeting Wednesday, ‚ÄúAs long as I campaign and/or support Senate and House candidates (within reason), they will win!‚ÄĚ
He claimed to have helped five GOP candidates win, including Bill Schuette for Michigan governor, John James for Michigan Senate and Josh Hawley for Missouri Senate. ‚Äú5 for 5!‚ÄĚ Trump tweeted.
Though, as in Ohio, the Kansas primary for governor was too close to call.
With election officials halting the vote count Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Kris Kobach led incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer by fewer than 200 votes. It could be several days before all absentee votes are counted.
If Balderson holds on in Ohio, Republicans will have won eight of nine special House elections since 2016, most in Republican-leaning districts.