In a race too close to be comfortable, Republicans held on to a thin lead in Ohio's 12th Congressional District with GOP candidate, Troy Balderson claiming victory. Reuters correspondent Jim Oliphant.>> Even though the race in Ohio is still too close to call, Democrats right now are treating it like it's a victory.
And Republicans are as worried as ever about a blue wave in November. That's because this district in suburban Columbus, Ohio had been heavily Republican. The last member of the House to run there, Republican, had won by 37 points and Trump had also carried the district easily in 2016.
So, this is another warning sign in a series of warning signs for the Republican Party.>> I'd like to thank President Trump.>> Republicans pulled out the big guns when polls showed the Democratic challenger gaining ground. US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both showed up to rally the base.
>> He's really smart and he's a really hard worker.>> And on Tuesday, Trump claimed credit for Balderson's narrow lead. Writing on Twitter, quote, after my speech on Saturday night, there was a big turn for the better. Now Troy wins a great victory during a very tough time of the year for voting.
>> So, to Donald Trump, Trump's effect on the race is beneficial. But there's also no doubt that this president is a tremendously polarizing figure who basically activates Democrats. He get's people to vote, maybe even on both sides, who aren't used to voting in midterm elections. And so, he may be a benefit to one side, but he's certainly a detriment, in some ways, to his own party.
>> Trump congratulated Balderson, but it may be too soon for that. Balderson only led Democrat Danny O'Connor by around 1,700 votes.>> Can you believe how close this is?>> And thousands of provisional ballots could still affect the final results. Meanwhile, over in Kansas, Trump loyalist Kris Kobach deadlocked in a tight primary race with the current Republican governor of the state, Jeff Colyer.
Kobach was endorsed by the President over the wishes of the Republican Party.