Trump shadow looms over elections in Ohio, Kansas

Published 08-07-2018

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) - 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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Republican Troy Balderson, a candidate for Ohio's 12th District, joins volunteers at a phone bank in Westerville, Ohio, on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, a day ahead of a special election for the congressional seat. Balderson, a two-term Republican state senator, is working to retain GOP control of the 12th District. He faces Democrat Danny O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder, whose fundraising outpaced Balderson's during the most recent reporting period by nearly four times. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth) - The Associated Press


Democratic congressional candidate Danny O'Connor speaks to Roger Tackett, 71, of Clark County, Ohio, during a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, ahead of Tuesday's special election. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth) - The Associated Press


Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks during a press conference in Mission, Kans., after President Donald Trump officially endorsed him for Kansas governor on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, ahead of the Tuesday primary. (Shelly Yang/The Kansas City Star via AP) - The Associated Press


Kansas GovernotJeff Colyer advance votes on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. at Hilltop Learning Center in Overland Park, Kansas. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP) - The Associated Press