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Democrat Conor Lamb declared victory early Wednesday in Pennsylvania’s special house election, not to mention the officially close, but seen by some political observers as a clear message to the Republicans before the November midterm elections.
The latest results — with 99 percent of precincts reporting — show-lamb-up of less than 900 votes over Republican Rick Saccone. State officials said there were about 3900 absentee ballots still needed to be counted.
The final result can be determined by a recount.
Still, the unofficial results showed, a lamb riding a wave of Democratic enthusiasm in a district that President Donald Trump won 16 months to 20 points. The result of the Democratic hopes of the withdrawal was to increase expected, the house in November.
“It took a bit longer than we thought,” lamb, a former Marine, said conveyor. “We followed what I learned in the Marines – leave no one behind. We went everywhere, we talked with each; we invited all of them.”
Saccone appeared more cautious, closed to the polls. He told the audience that he did not give up. He thanked the audience that he will fight as “the salt of the earth” and vowed that he would continue.
To be sure, Democrats wasted little time to celebrate the result.
The democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee both issued statements late Tuesday to declare victory.
This is a local race … I don’t think it has anything to do with the President.
– Conor Lamb, Democratic House Candidate
“Should these results Republicans scare. Despite home advantage and the millions of dollars outside groups, the Republicans are firmly flocked to this race, that their attacks against Conor, including unpopular tax fraud were not credible,” Ben Ray, the DCCC Chairman, said in a statement.
Tom Perez, the DNC Chairman, praised the “victory,” said the upset was for “hard-working families of Western Pennsylvania and a victory for the Democrats in the whole country.”
Lamb, a 33-year-old former Federal Prosecutor, ran up big margins against Saccone, 60, in the Allegheny County have leaned and held his own in the GOP, Westmoreland, Washington and Greene counties.
Pennsylvania Secretary of state Wanda Murren told Fox News the race would be a mandatory recount. Under state law, three voters in each district, the petition must be filed for a recount and petitions, five days after each county completes the recording.
Lamb insisted that Trump was the main issue in the race. But the narrow margin was a further setback for the President following Democratic Sen. Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama by-election in December.
“We were with the execution of a plan, we came up with a long time ago had nothing to do with the President,” lamb told reporters after the vote on Tuesday morning. “This is a local race. … I don’t think it has anything to do with the President.”
By contrast, Saccone had sworn to, he would help his trump “wingman” and the Fox Business Network says “Morning, Mary,” that the President “needs something down there [in Washington].”
The President visited the district twice, to campaign for Saccone, once in January and once on Saturday evening in a fast-paced rally, which Trump own 2016 campaign recalled.
To lock in a bid, the key bloc vote, Democrats called on former Vice-President Joe Biden to stump for lamb.
“You said you want to Biden their piece of the sidewalk”, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, told a group of unionized employees in the past week. “Hell, you own the sidewalk.” Biden also said that lamb reminded him of his deceased son, Beau, an Iraq war veteran and former Delaware attorney General, died of a brain tumor in the year 2015, at the age of 46.
Pennsylvania 18 constituency, the have of the well, the Pittsburgh suburbs in the depth of the Pennsylvania coal and steel country, had been held by Republican Tim Murphy since 2003. But Murphy was forced to resign in October in the midst of the revelations about an extramarital affair, in which he demanded to get his mistress to have an abortion, if she thought that she was pregnant.
CONGRATULATIONS are in order, @ConorLambPA and Pennsylvania Democrats — they are only won from the story and turning the pages of #PA18, a district Trump with 20 points!!!
RT if you are ready to repeat this victory in district after district across the country! pic.twitter.com/y9mBEQFSpa
— DCCC (@dccc) March 14, 2018
Lamb and Saccone could face off again in November – although they do not meet in the same district. In January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state of the constituency boundaries were unfairly gerrymandered to help Republicans.
The Democrat-controlled court has drawn a new map, Saccone and lamb houses in different districts. But the thing is now in the hands of a three-judge Federal panel is considering a complaint from Republican lawmakers.
Fox News’ Bret contributed Baier, Joseph Weber and the Associated Press to this report.