March 17, 2018

Race down to the wire in Pennsylvania special election

14 March 2018, 05:52 | Ken Black

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But Saccone has struggled as a candidate and a fundraiser while Lamb has shined.

The Associated Press said it was not declaring a victor on Tuesday because the race is too close to call.

The New York Times is commending Democratic Pennsylvania congressional candidate Conor Lamb for his performance in a deep-red district, saying it shows that Democrats should challenge Republicans in every race this fall.

Republicans are hoping to prevent the district that Donald Trump won handily from falling into Democratic hands. "I think it's been a race, since day one, about candidate disparity".

Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate in the special election Tuesday (March 13) for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, sees Democratic voters as being energized by a hatred for President Donald Trump, a "hatred for our country" and even a "hatred for God". "Vote for Rick Saccone and keep it going".

The president has campaigned in the district twice and sent several tweets on Saccone's behalf.

The election is occurring in what's historically been steel country, and Trump administration's recent action to enact tariffs on steel and aluminum have drawn a positive response from both candidates. "Conor Lamb is exciting, he does break the mold a little bit". As Stier put it, "In a lot of ways, this district kind of disappears". He said, however, that proof the legislation was a good idea can be found in stock market gains since Trump signed it.

In one of the more powerful TV ads in the run-up to Tuesday's special House election in western Pennsylvania, the Democrat Conor Lamb earnestly declares: "My opponent wants you to believe that the biggest issue in this campaign is Nancy Pelosi".

Murphy, a Republican, had held the seat for 15 years but state representative Rick Saccone, a conservative Air Force veteran who worked in counterintelligence, had difficulty overcoming Democratic enthusiasm and a centrist Democrat who had done almost everything right.

Outside groups have sought to make up the fundraising difference by injecting money and support into the race.

"Regardless of who ultimately wins, this is not a good result for the GOP".

Donald Trump Jr. wasn't really talking to an inanimate object.

The White House did much more for Saccone, sending in Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and White House advisers Kellyanne Conway and Ivanka Trump. "It's going to be a tight, tight race when you have two people running basically for the same party".

The district will no longer exist after this year.

Trump Jr. joined Republican candidate Rick Saccone at Sarris Candies in Canonsburg Monday to tour the facility and encourage President Trump's base to get out to the polls.

Lamb is a young former Marine and federal prosecutor.

The 60-year-old Air Force veteran turned state lawmaker and college instructor enjoys enthusiastic backing from social conservatives who've anchored his state career, and he's perhaps at his most animated when he touts his opposition to abortion rights.

Republicans in Pennsylvania have run with a slightly different spin, emphasizing that registered Democrats slightly outnumber registered Republicans in the rural areas south and west of Pittsburgh. Ted Cruz of Texas, told Business Insider that a loss for Saccone would present a "stark warning for Republicans".

Republicans have spent more than $10 million to prevent a defeat in the district, which Trump won in 2016 by 20 percentage points.

Terry Sullivan, who served as campaign manager for Republican Sen.

But Al Quaye, a Republican from the district who sought to be a delegate to the 2016 convention, said it's "too early" for anyone to have experienced gains from the bill.

"The fact that the race is even close in a district where Republicans historically win by roughly 20 points illustrates how challenging the environment is", he said.

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