“GOP Skirts Disaster in Ohio”

So says Politico in a headline story on Tuesday’s special election for Ohio’s 12th congressional district, a race closely watched across the country as a bellwether for November’s general election.

State Senator Troy Balderson from Zanesville was initially up by 1,700 votes over Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor. The district is overwhelmingly Republican. In the last election for this seat, former Congressman Pat Tiberi won by 31 points. Governor Kasich held the seat before Tiberi.

The result is being read by national political pundits as trouble for Republicans for control of the House post November. But, the pundits haven’t been getting much right lately. 8/8/2018