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House race in Penn. seen as key test ahead of midterm elections

13 March 2018, 11:33 | Opal Carroll

House race in Penn. seen as key test ahead of midterm elections

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Congressional candidate Rick Saccone has struggled more than Republicans in southwest Pennsylvania usually do.

As for what is at stake in western Pennsylvania: Trump's announcement that he will impose tariffs on steel imports certainly plays well to that segment of the population who went for him in 2016 because. what else is there to lose? "That's the kind of candidate, the kind of campaign, that Democrats might try to imitate moving forward".

"Just because my father's not on the ticket, they have to show up and vote", he said.

"If he wins, or even if he just comes close, he is a model for Democrats in competitive Trump districts nationally".

Trump won the district by more than 20 points in 2016.

President Donald Trump is highlighting a Pennsylvania newspaper's endorsement of the Republican candidate in Tuesday's special election for a U.S. House seat. This is a big change from polling taken in February and January that showed Saccone with a comfortable lead that was more consistent with the Republican nature of the district, but it's worth noting that those polls were taken before outside money began pouring into the race and before the race became the focus of national attention. Lamb hails from an established Allegheny County political family and pitches himself as independent-minded. It also found that a historical midterm election model as well as a model forecasting higher voter turnout yielded the same result, putting Lamb in the lead, although by smaller margins.

"I don't know if that's popular, I don't know if that's unpopular", he said in raising the idea for the first time. These out-of-state dollars give the embattled state representative lots of firepower on the airwaves, but they are putting off many local voters who say they do not want to be patronised by opaque groups.

The White House has arranged a string of visits to energize Saccone's base.

That includes the most powerful political pontificator in the land - President Donald Trump. Neither Lamb nor Saccone has made the ongoing Russian Federation investigation bedeviling Trump part of his pitch, but the paper insisted the country must not "dive into so great a distraction".

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Republican Rick Saccone spent his final day on the campaign trail with Donald Trump Jr. touring the historic Sarris chocolate factory, which increased employment by 20 percent since Republicans passed tax cuts in December. When Trump announced a year ago that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement, he said he was doing so because he was defending Pittsburgh, not Paris.

"I haven't been this excited about a congressional election in years", she says.

So Saccone and Republican forces have answered with their national arguments.

For his part, Lamb has held the national party at arm's length, opposing sweeping gun restrictions, endorsing Trump's new steel tariffs, avoiding attacking the president and telling voters he wouldn't back Pelosi for speaker if Democrats won a House majority.

"The knock on young voters is that they don't turn out", Mikus said.

Lamb, who has the backing of unionized steelworkers, says he agrees with the planned tariffs. He outraised Saccone by a almost five-to-one margin, hauling in $3 million by the most recent campaign finance reports filed February 21. As a Catholic, Lamb has said he opposes abortion personally throughout the campaign, though he is not suggesting he would vote for anti-abortion legislation. They've painted Lamb as a lackey of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California and weak on immigration. But Lamb did get help from former Vice President Joe Biden, a favorite among Rust Belt Democrats. He favors enforcing existing gun laws and improving the current system of background checks over setting new gun restrictions.

Tuesday's special election was triggered by the resignation of Republican Rep. Tim Murphy last following a report that he allegedly asked an extramarital lover to end her pregnancy. Democrats needs to flip 24 seats to take it in the fall. While this won't be the most expensive House race in history - that title is held by the Georgia special election previous year, in which $43 million was spent - the Pennsylvania race will probably come in second.

Lamb has dramatically outraised Saccone by pulling in $3.9 million since last October.



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