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It could come down to a recount.
Democrat Conor Lamb has victory over Republican Rick Saccone stated in Pennsylvania’s special house election, but Republicans say that they don’t give up until every vote is counted.
The competition has not yet been called, but the lamb leads Saccone by a few hundred votes. There is no mandatory recount for a Federal race in Pennsylvania, but the Republicans have the ability petitions.
“This race is to call close to, and we are ready to ensure that every legal vote is counted,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Matt Gorman said late on Tuesday. “As soon as they are, we are confident that Rick Saccone, the latest Republican member of Congress.”
Democrat Conor Lamb declared victory in Pennsylvania
As of Wednesday morning, the lamb was only 641 votes-more than 224,000 votes cast, according to unofficial results. Election officials said there are about 200 absentee ballots and an unknown number of provisional ballots yet to counted.
Although the race is not called still, lamb said the victory in the race late on Tuesday.
DEMOCRAT, LAMB DECLARES VICTORY IN PA. SPECIAL ELECTION, TO CALL TO CLOSE
“It took a bit longer than we thought,” lamb, a former Marine, told supporters on Tuesday night. “We followed what I learned in the Marines – leave no one behind. We went everywhere, we talked with each; we invited all of them.”
But Republicans have been expressing optimism that they could pick up some of the uncounted absentee ballot.
Rick Saccone: We do not give up
“We are still fighting the fight,” Saccone told his followers on Tuesday evening. “It’s not over yet.”
Under state law, which triggered a mandatory recount if a candidate for a state, the race to win by half of a percentage point. But the Pennsylvania Secretary of state Wanda Murren said Fox News would not be telling the race is mandatory, because this race is a Federal office.
Supporters of both candidates, though, can petition for one. 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.
The results showed a lamb riding a wave of Democratic enthusiasm in a district that President Trump won 16 months to 20 points. The result of the Democratic hopes of the withdrawal was to increase expected, the house in November.
The narrow margin was a further setback for the President following Democratic Sen. Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama by-election in December.
“This race is to call close to, and we are ready to ensure that every legal vote is counted”
– National Republican Congressional Committee Spokesman Matt Gorman
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.
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.
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.
Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain, Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.