Trump Endorses Wrong Guy, Who Already Won Primary Race

UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, walks down the House steps after final votes of the week on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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August 2, 2018 3:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed the wrong person, telling Ohio Republicans to support Rep. Steve Stivers’ (R-OH, pictured above) reelection on Aug. 7, even though Stivers had already won an uncontested primary on May 8.

Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur caught the error:

Stivers, as it happens, leads House Republicans’ electoral organization, the National Republican Congressional Committee.

It appears Trump meant to endorse state Sen. Troy Balderson, who will face off in an Aug. 7 special election against Democrat Danny O’Connor. The winner will fill the seat of Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), who left Congress in January.

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