Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

What you should know about today's Pennsylvania special election

What you should know about today's Pennsylvania special election

The district is full of Reagan Democrats, and while past Democratic candidates did not appeal to these conservative-leaning Democrats, Lamb does.

Democrat Conor 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. As I said before if President Trump's in your corner, how can you lose? "They have a hatred for God".

They blamed Republican candidate Rick Saccone for not embracing Trump on the campaign trail.

Meanwhile, Clinton was in India promoting her book, "What Happened", going after Trump and his voters much as she did in her campaign and after her Electoral College loss.

Lamb declined to make any predictions about the outcome, but said his team "worked really hard".

With the state's special elections underway, Pennsylvania State Sen.

Polls show Lamb with a narrow lead over Saccone for a seat that has been held by Republicans for nearly two decades.

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The victor of the election will have a short stint in Washington before the midterm elections in November.

President Donald Trump dominated the district in 2016 and has offered his backing to Saccone. "Yeah, we do", Saccone said as he came to the stage this weekend. "Get out there and vote". "It's going to be a tight, tight race when you have two people running basically for the same party".

Former Republican Rep. Tim Murphy had represented the area.

The Pennsylvania contest is largely symbolic since the district (which Trump carried by almost 20% points in 2016) will disappear into the mists like Brigadoon when a new statewide redistricting plan takes effect. The AFL-CIO estimates there are 87,000 votes from union households in Pennsylvania's 18th district, around a fifth of the electorate. Conant added the district does have a lot of Republicans, so there was still a chance Republicans would win it if turnout was good.

For months, Republican groups led by the National Republican Congressional Committee tried to define Lamb as a national Democrat, the kind who usually lost. He also said he opposes major new gun restrictions - though he backs expanded background checks - and declared himself personally opposed to abortion, despite his support for its legality.

While Lamb is depending on union support, Saccone needs support from Trump voters like Judy Wilson.

Cost writes that Saccone has run a lackluster campaign, with a weak grassroots effort, poor messaging, and lousy fundraising.

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Saccone, a four-term state legislator and military veteran, on Tuesday sounded singularly focused on winning Tuesday's race. Saccone raised US$918,000 through February 21 compared with US$3.9 million for Lamb, Federal Election Commission reports show.

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The most money spent on a special House race - or any House race - was $55 million a year ago in suburban Atlanta, in Democrats' failed effort to take a GOP-held seat.

"This guy should win easily", Trump told the crowd at the rally.

Many pro-life voters support Saccone. In an attempt, perhaps, to turn things around in a single House race that might embarrass him, the president announced plans to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, hoping that will play well in traditional steel country and to his broader base.

"Other voters are drawn to Saccone purely because he's allied with Trump". Saccone has returned the favor by wholeheartedly praising the president, from his record on the economy to his smash-mouth approach to politics.

"I'm more conservative - that's why I went with Saccone". "He's such a powerful person that commands the audience".

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