Trump urges voters to support Balderson on day of Ohio special election

Trump urges voters to support Balderson on day of Ohio special election
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE urged voters in Ohio to vote for Troy Balderson (R) in a special election Tuesday, as the GOP candidate faces a steep challenge from his Democratic opponent in the race.

Trump, as he often does, made the election a referendum on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“His opponent, controlled by Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Trump's WHO decision raises bipartisan concerns in House Five takeaways from PPP loan data MORE, is weak on Crime, the Border, Military, Vets, your 2nd Amendment - and will end your Tax Cuts,” Trump tweeted. 

Trump hit Democrat Danny O'Connor on topics that he generally criticizes Democrats on, such as crime, immigration and the Second Amendment.  

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The president held a rally in support of Balderson in Ohio on Saturday, where the candidate also tied O’Connor to Pelosi.

"Worst of all, dishonest Danny O'Connor will vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker," Balderson said at the rally.

Recent polls show Balderson and O’Connor in a dead heat for the seat, which has been held by Republicans since 1982. Trump won the district by 11 points in 2016.

Democrats hope they can flip the seat in the special election as part of a “blue wave” in the upcoming midterm elections in November.