Trump drums up support in OH ahead of special election

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"He said, 'Well, I don't have anything to do with it'".

The plaudits came two days after Trump mistakenly urged Republicans to vote in the special election for a someone not on its ballot ― GOP Rep. Steve Stivers.

Mr. Trump's support may be crucial in the central OH district, where Balderson and O'Connor are close in recent polls.

He questioned the idea that the party that controls the White House suffers in the midterm elections. "And we're doing a lot of things people don't even know about".

GOP insiders are becoming increasingly concerned the Donald Trump's visits to battleground states to promote local candidates may be having a negative effect on voters as the president seems more interested in talking about himself than the local candidate in need of a boost at the polls.

Trump also brought to the stage Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, "a tough cookie".

Truck driver and Trump supporter Rob LaPat is attending his first Trump rally. Troy Balderson is vying for an open House seat in central OH against Democrat Danny O'Connor, a county official.

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"It's likely in the end that Balderson should be able to win narrowly", he said.

A few dozen protesters are lined along a walkway outside the school holding signs that say "Impeach 45" and "Real News Fake President".

Kasich, speaking on ABC's "This Week", said he asked state Sen.

The Ohio rally was Trump's third of the week and he has pledged to accelerate his pace further as the midterms approach.

Trump relished playing the role of Republican kingmaker, bragging how the GOP candidates he's opposed, like Rep. Mark Sanford of SC, have lost. Pat Tiberi resigned in January to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable.

The rally comes hours after Trump denounced arguably Ohio's favorite native son, basketball superstar LeBron James, who just opened a school for underprivileged children there.

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