Pennsylvania Dem shows party should challenge every election

Kristopher Nichols
March 14, 2018

"This is a big time blue collar area and Rick Saccone relates to blue collar people", Valente said.

Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb arrives to vote in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, March 13, 2018. Rick Saccone discussed his congressional bid on FOX Business' "Mornings with Maria".

"I think it says a lot about Democratic enthusiasm".

An 11th hour visit by President Trump, more than $10 million of Republican campaign spending, and a coordinated labor union effort for Lamb have put the national spotlight on a district that Trump won by almost 20 points in 2016.

Democrats and their media sock puppets are saying Pennsylvania-18 will be the real bellwether for this fall, that five prior special elections for Republican House seats that the Democrats were supposed to flip - but didn't - were not.

"What does the outcome of this election say about the president?" Lamb told union workers Sunday they'd "been the heart and soul of this campaign".

Rick Saccone. Brendan McDermid/Reuters A separate Republican who worked on Trump's campaign said the results of the race, which looks as if it will end up in a tight finish, will be more about Lamb being "a really good candidate" than Saccone "being a bad candidate".

He supported gun rights and opposed abortion, called for new leadership in his own party in Washington and avoided criticizing the president - whose popularity is 10 points higher in the district than it is nationally, according to Monmouth University polls out this month. Saccone has a record in the state legislature of opposing organized labor on just about everything, and that has helped Lamb with many union members.

Centrist Democrat Conor Lamb is facing ultra-conservative Rick Saccone in a special election for Pennsylvania's 18th district, which has been reliably red for 15 years.

"The Democrats. they're throwing everything they can at this race", he said. This operative believes many PA-18 voters were unaware, for example, of Saccone's foreign policy background and the fact that he has authored nine books. And so now more than ever, these candidates matter, these campaigns matter. Still, the election has far greater political consequences as each party prepares for the November midterm elections. If he does, it will sound new alarm bells for Republicans trying to defend their 24-seat House majority.

"I feel, as a Conor Lamb supporter, we need to get in there and change the vote and just make sure that we take over the House".

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They are already pointing the finger at Republican Rick Saccone, who many feel has been an inferior candidate.

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

"Let's get back to the good times", Bill Chorgo, a Saccone supporter, said. Jobs and wages up. Few, if any, of the articles dedicated to the rally on sites like Breitbart and the Daily Caller attempted to extol the virtues of Saccone. Republicans have tried to tie Lamb to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, but Lamb has said he does not support Pelosi.

Because of a long-running fight over Pennsylvania's congressional boundaries, the victor will have to start campaigning for re-election nearly immediately in a different district.

Lamb, a 33-year old Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor, downplayed his opposition to the Republican president on Tuesday and insisted instead that the race hinged on local issues. He resigned last fall.

Trump has put his full force behind Saccone.

Abortion: Lamb personally opposes abortion but backs the Supreme Court's decision legalizing it.

But the region has doesn't have as many steelworkers as it did in the industry's heydays, even if there's still a cultural association. But the scandal-driven resignation of former Rep. Tim Murphy - a Republican who had not even drawn a Democratic challenger in his last two races - gave Democrats an opening, and Lamb raced through it.

Polls close at 8 p.m. ET.

Gelb voted for Saccone because he wants representatives loyal to the president he elected.

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