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Trump drums up support in OH ahead of special election

Trump drums up support in OH ahead of special election

Trump promoted other Republican officeholders and candidates in OH as he rallied supporters Saturday night at Olentangy Orange High School north of Columbus.

But despite state GOP efforts to avoid referring to Trump, when all is said and done it is still the Party of Trump - and, on a historical basis, the Party of John Rowland, Lowell Weicker, and Jodi Rell. "And we're doing a lot of things people don't even know about".

"Republicans have gone from about 30, 31 percent down to about 25 percent", of the electorate, Kasich said.

But with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Vice President Mike Pence, and even President Trump showing up in Ohio's 12th Congressional District in recent days, it's obvious that Republicans are very concerned about losing Tuesday's special election, the last before voters head to the polls in November. The race is surprisingly close, given the usual Republican advantage in the district.

Trump also brought to the stage OH congressman Jim Jordan, calling him "a tough cookie".

Accompanying the president's team aboard Air Force One en route to the rally is Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director.

Truck driver and Trump supporter Rob LaPat is attending his first Trump rally.

"The best-case scenario is that the presence of the president reminds not only Republicans but center-right voters that there's a special election on Tuesday", Doug Preisse, chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party said Thursday.

"It's likely in the end that Balderson should be able to win narrowly", he said. The seat opened up when Republican Rep.

Hundreds of people are slowly making their way into an the high school for the rally and a few dozen protesters are lined along a walkway outside the school holding signs that say "Impeach 45" and "Real News Fake President".

President Donald Trump is seizing on the prospect of Democrat Nancy Pelosi becoming House speaker again as he makes his pitch for Republican candidates.

Murphy said he is wary of a strategy in which Republicans seek to tie themselves to the president, but noted Republican politics are now "all Trump all the time".

The congressional seat has been vacant since January, when nine-term congressman Patrick Tiberi resigned.