President Trump predicted Wednesday that Republicans could ride a "giant Red Wave" into the November midterm elections - with his help - as he claimed victory for several candidates he endorsed in the latest set of primaries.
Democrats are consistently leading in so-called "generic" congressional ballot polls, are widely seen as having the edge in the race for the House and have turned a slew of races in once-safe Republican districts into competitive contests. But in most of those races, the Democratic candidates have come up short.
Trump seized on the trend Wednesday morning as Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson held the lead over Democrat Danny O'Connor in Ohio's special election for a vacant House seat Tuesday. The race remains too close to call, but Trump and Balderson have claimed a GOP victory.
Jesse Hunt, National Press Secretary National Republican Congressional Committee, joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson to discuss Ohio's special election.
On the point that this race was too close: Special elections are very unique. You have a lot of national factors in play. It becomes a battle over the same square of turf. It allows Democrats, who are energized, to funnel their resources a lot of donors from California, Massachusetts and New York are flooding these campaigns for Democratic candidates in special elections. That has allowed them to rack up a significant spending advantage against our candidates. That naturally closes the gaps and closes the margins in these special elections. (00:44)
On if claiming a Red Wave is coming could make Republicans complacent: I think everyone knows what is at stake in this election. We, especially, understand this. Voters understand this, as well. (2:24)
On if Republicans should run scared: We treat each race like we're ten points down. That is our mentality. That is the only way these candidates need to approach their race because that means they need to redouble their efforts on raising money, putting together a strong campaign team, and executing on key fundamentals in the race that will allow them to communicate their message and highlight the great work they've done. (4:20)
On O'Connor stating that he would vote for whoever the Democrats put up, even if it is Pelosi: That was undoubtedly a turning point in the campaign. It was a defining moment in the last two weeks and that has now opened the door for the same line of questioning for every single House Democratic who tells voters disengenuously that they are not going to support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. At the end of the day when they are faced with the prospect of voting for Nancy Pelosi or a Republican in order to take back the house for the Democrats they are going to side with Nancy Pelosi. (6:00)