Trump is set to hold a rally in OH this weekend for congressional candidate in the state, Troy Balderson.
In a raucous rally in a sweltering gymnasium in Ohio Saturday, Trump pitched for Ohio state Sen.
In that race - taking place nearly exactly three months out from the national midterms - GOP candidate state Sen.
Trump promoted other Republican officeholders and candidates in OH as he rallied supporters Saturday night at Olentangy Orange High School north of Columbus. The 46-year-old LaPat says he likes the fact the economy is doing well and unemployment is down. Troy Balderson is vying for an open House seat in central OH against Democrat Danny O'Connor, a county official.
A few dozen protesters are lined along a walkway outside the school holding signs that say "Impeach 45" and "Real News Fake President".
John Kasich, a Republican critic of President Trump, said a special election in his state that should be a "slam dunk" for the GOP is instead close, which "doesn't bode well" for his party.
"I think [Trump and his political advisers] think they are firing up the base", at such rallies, added Kasich, who was among several establishment party leaders Trump defeated for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Democrats have "a weak candidate because there's no message", he declared. Pat Tiberi, who left Congress before his term was up.
The rally comes hours after Trump denounced arguably Ohio's favorite native son, basketball superstar LeBron James, who just opened a school for underprivileged children in Akron.