Steve Peoples and Bill Barrow, Associated Press Updated 3:05 pm PDT, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Photo: Jay LaPrete, AP Image 1of/1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, speaks to a crowd of supporters during an election night party Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Newark, Ohio. Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, speaks to a crowd of supporters during an election night party Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Newark, Ohio. Photo: Jay LaPrete, AP Republicans promote fear, not tax cuts, in key elections 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in many midterm election battlegrounds across the country are trying to maintain their congressional majorities by stoking certain voters’ anxieties about liberal Democrats and their policies. It’s a striking turn for a party that just eight months ago was hailing a sweeping tax overhaul as a generational achievement. They promised then to make it their calling card ahead of the November elections. Democrats are more than eager to have a debate over the tax bill. Instead, there are Republican ads warning voters that California’s Nancy Pelosi could return to the House speaker’s chair and that a Democratic majority would abolish federal immigration enforcement. GET ALERTS: The strategy may have worked for Republicans this week in an Ohio special congressional election. Republican Troy Balderson leads narrowly with votes still being tallied.