Trump Campaign Rally in OH on Saturday Night

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Balderson is facing Democrat Danny O'Connor to fill the unexpired term of retired Republican Pat Tiberi. According to Kasich, however, Balderson did not even request that the President travel to OH to help campaign for him.

Embracing his breakneck return to campaign politics, President Donald Trump on Saturday argued that Republicans needed to control Congress by casting the midterms as a referendum on himself.

President Trump is confidently predicting a "Red Wave" in this year's midterm elections, ahead of a bellwether special congressional election coming up in OH tomorrow.

Vice President Mike Pence visited the area last Monday.

Kasich said Balderson told him he hadn't had anything to do with the president's decision to come to Ohio.

Attacking Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is not seeking re-election, the Republican mantra is "economize, economize, economize".

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's suggestion to Balderson: Embrace Trump.

"First of all, the chaos that seems to surround Donald Trump has unnerved a lot of people", the Republican governor said.

"You can't win elections if you don't have a message", he said. "We can't go backward". The Republican National Committee opened two offices in the district and put at least $500,000 into a get-out-the-vote effort. Tiberi and Kasich held versions of the central OH district over the years. President Trump won the district in the Columbus suburbs by 11 points in 2016, but Tuesday's election is a toss up.

Still, Democrats are hoping to flip the district blue by driving enthusiastic voters to the polls. A vocal Trump critic, James was interviewed by CNN earlier this week after opening a school of disadvantaged students in Akron.

He also gave an onstage hug to Rep. Jim Jordan, who is under siege after allegations that, as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, he knew of alleged sexual abuse by a team doctor but did not report it. Jordan, who has denied the charge, has announced his plan to run for speaker of the House.

If Balderson loses, the race could reflect on Trump's popularity in the Midwest before the November midterm elections. The crowd chanted "speaker of the House, " a reference to the possibility Jordan will seek the speakership.