Voters in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District will head to the polls today in the last special election prior to November’s midterm elections, as Republican Troy Balderson will face off against Democrat Danny O'Connor for a House seat that the GOP has held for 35 years. The district — previously represented by former Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ohio Governor John Kasich — was largely perceived as an easy win for the Republicans given the seat’s longstanding GOP history and its R+7 Partisan Voter Index (PVI) rating by the Cook Political Report. However, recent polls have shown that the race has tightened to within one point, prompting massive campaign spending in the final weeks by GOP fundraising apparatuses. A Democratic win, or even a close loss, would indicate that Democratic House candidates have a significant advantage going into November’s midterm elections. Elsewhere, voters in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, and Washington will head to the polls for primary elections today.
Congressional lawmakers have left town for August recess. The Senate will reconvene for legislative business on Wednesday, August 15th, while House lawmakers will return to Washington on Tuesday, September 4th.