Kasich Says Close Ohio Special Election Doesn’t ‘Bode Well’ for Trump, Republicans

‘The chaos that seems to surround Donald Trump has unnerved a lot of people…’

Kasich Says Close Ohio Special Election Doesn't 'Bode Well' for Trump, Republicans

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson said he was “honored” to have President Donald Trump campaign for him, despite Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s claim that Balderson had nothing to do with the president’s decision to appear in Ohio last Saturday, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Balderson is in a tight race for the Buckeye State’s 12th district seat in Tuesday’s special election.

Kasich said the contest should be a “slam dunk” for the GOP, but instead it’s close, which he said doesn’t “bode well” for his party.

Because of this, Balderson said he welcomed any support he could get, thanking Trump for appearing in Ohio and campaigning on his behalf.

But Kasich tried to steer Balderson away from vocally supporting the president, telling him “the chaos that seems to surround Donald Trump has unnerved a lot of people.”

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “The Week” on Sunday, Kasich said when he confronted Balderson about Trump’s decision to come to Ohio, the Republican candidate told Kasich he had nothing to do with it.

“I asked him the other day, ‘Why are you bringing Trump in?’ He said, ‘Well, I don’t have anything to do with it,’” Kasich said. “You know, I think Donald Trump decides where he wants to go and I think they think they’re firing up his base” with the Trump rallies.

Balderson, a state senator from Zanesville, faces Democrat Danny O’Connor, a Franklin County public official.

When asked why the race was close, Kasich said that Trump alienates certain people who typically vote Republican.

While Trump was holding his rally, Kasich said he was meeting with “some Republican women” who said they were not going to vote Republican because of their dislike for Trump.

Kasich called Trump a “divider” during the interview.

“Republicans have gone from about 30, 31 percent down to about 25 percent,” of the electorate, Kasich told Stephanopoulos. “The party has shrunk because we don’t have this positive growth-oriented opportunity message.”