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Democrats surging on eve of pivotal special election: Republicans have deployed the full machinery of the party to avoid defeat in the final special election before the midterms.

WESTERVILLE, OHIO — The entire Republican Party machinery has converged on this suburban Columbus district for a furious eleventh-hour campaign aimed at saving a conservative House seat and averting another special election disaster.

But in the final days ahead of Tuesday’s election, signs were everywhere that Democrats are surging — from recent polling to the private and public statements of many Republicans, including the GOP candidate himself. The district has been reliably red for more than three decades, but the sheer size of the Republican cavalry made clear how worried the party is about losing it. …

The all-out push underscores the GOP’s trepidation about the final special election before the midterms. A loss, following startling Republican defeats in Pennsylvania and Alabama, would offer more evidence that a blue wave is on the horizon. And it would further fuel fears of what’s becoming evident: that Democrats are simply more amped up, even in areas that have long been safely Republican.

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John Kasich: GOP Candidate Said He Didn’t Invite Trump To Ohio Rally:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday suggested that President Donald Trump appeared at a campaign rally in his state on Saturday without a direct invitation from the House candidate he came to tout.

Kasich, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” said he asked state Sen. Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat in a Tuesday special election, point blank why he invited Trump to campaign for him at his event in Delaware County.

“I asked him the other day, ‘Why are you bringing Trump in,’ said Kasich, who has been one of the GOP’s critics of the president. Kasich said Balderson told him, “Well, I don’t have anything to do with it.”

Meanwhile, in Totally Unrelated—and Enormously Encouraging—News

As you may know—or not—Aardvark has been greatly troubled by the tendency of the young to play with their smart phones in lieu of canoodling. It was, accordingly, with some relief that I read the following in the New York Times, which is definitely not a failing newspaper, and never publishes fake news.

Love via a sweaty T-shirt? At a pheromone party, singles try to match using only their noses.

The instructions are simple: Participants sleep in the same clean, white T-shirt for four nights to capture pheromones, then bring it to the party, sealed in a zip-top bag. Party-goers sniff the bags and note which ones they like. For at least two participants, “our connection was instant.”