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Joe Biden records robocall for Democrat in Ohio special election

Joe Biden records robocall for Democrat in Ohio special election
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance MORE is giving a boost to the Democrat running in Tuesday's special election for Ohio's 12th Congressional District, recording a robocall for Danny O’Connor. 

“Ohioans need leaders like Danny, who will stand up for working families, protect critical services that help folks get ahead and work together to find common ground in Congress,” Biden says in the call, which was first reported by Politico. 

He goes on to emphasize that an O’Connor victory would bring Democrats one step closer to taking control of the House.

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O’Connor is facing off against Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson for a seat that has been in the GOP’s hands since 1983. President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE won the district by 11 points in 2016.

Polls have O’Connor and Balderson neck and neck going into election day. The Cook Political Report rates the races as a “toss up.”

Biden, who had a 57 percent approval rating nationally according to a December CNN poll, could be an effective surrogate for the party in centrist districts across the country.

Republicans hope campaign appearances by Trump and Vice President Pence, who have frequently tried to tie O’Connor to House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Democratic candidate denounces attack ads on rap career MORE (D-Calif.), will help push their candidate over the finish line.