March 22, 2018

Democrat Has 4-Point Lead in Pennsylvania Special Election

10 March 2018, 09:14 | Lena Norman

Democrat Has 4-Point Lead in Pennsylvania Special Election

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President Trump is holding a campaign rally outside of Pittsburgh on Saturday night to boost Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone, who has been struggling to lock up a special election in a district Trump won by almost 20 points in the 2016 election. Saccone could end up running in the newly drawn 14th district.

Saccone will also be getting some high-profile campaign trail help of his own. It's all a sign of how concerned Republicans are about a potential loss that could give Republicans a demoralizing loss in a midterm election season already full of Democratic enthusiasm.

If Mr. Lamb, a Marine veteran and a former federal prosecutor, defeats State Representative Rick Saccone, a Republican, in a district that the president carried by 20 points, the alarm bells will be audible across the country. That news buoyed Democratic hopes because President Donald Trump won the 18th District by about 20 points.

Republicans concede that Lamb is an appealing candidate with a stellar résumé and that Saccone has had a tough time matching him. Instead, they insist this race is unique because of the specific candidates running.

But, it's also about Lamb's style and charisma, Republicans say.

Biden hailed Lamb, a 33-year-old former assistant USA attorney and Marine Corps captain, as a "son of southwestern Pennsylvania" who will fight for the working class and union rights. Angle has worked on successful campaigns in red states and districts across the country and said that Lamb's strategy can be replicated elsewhere.

"If the Democrats had run a liberal, urban-based candidate, you and I wouldn't even be having this conversation", Madonna said.

Ken Spain, who was a senior aide of the National Republican Campaign Committee when Republicans took the House in 2010, said in Politico that the quality of a candidate is important. The PAC has two field offices in western Pennsylvania and 50 people on the ground, knocking on doors on behalf of Saccone, an enormous investment for a single House race.

Both 18th District candidates expressed some support for the tariffs in a recent debate.

In campaigning for the seat, Saccone, posted only two public events on his Facebook page for the seven-day period before the election. "That is a real local issue in the 18th". Murphy had been strongly against abortion during his time in Congress. And he denounced the millions spent on the airwaves to support Saccone and attack Lamb.

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"It's incredible", Saccone said.

"Voters are looking for somebody they can trust to go make decisions", Angle said.

"The RNC is heavily focused on winning this race", Gorka said. Notably, in a primary in which progressive activists play a bigger role in who wins, he did not win the nomination.

Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb listens as former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh.

The stakes are high in the March 13 special election.

"He believes in hard work, he believes in labor". Those positions have likely benefitted Lamb in what has been a recently reliable district for Republicans, according to Madonna.

On Thursday, Trump imposed tariffs on all steel and aluminum imports, except from Canada and Mexico. In some ways, Lamb is trying to run independent of the president, rather than as a referendum on him, and it seems to be resonating. "I just think that's a lot stronger".

Trump plans to campaign for Saccone on Saturday, the report said.

"The president and his policies are popular in PA-18", said Alexander. A Pennsylvania congressional race offers an early test of Democrats' and Republicans' arguments over the new tax law.

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