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PA-18-election seen as a referendum on President Trump
The voters in Pennsylvania head to the polls in the constituency that Trump won by almost 20 points in 2016; Molly Line reports from Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania.
Polls are closed in a tight U.S. house special election in southwestern Pennsylvania, that some will say, they serve as a barometer for November, the mid-term elections.
Democrat, Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old Marine veteran and former Federal Prosecutor, wants to flip, the 18 constituency that had been held by Republican Tim Murphy since 2003. Murphy was re-elected to an eighth term in 2016, without the democratic opposition, but was forced to resign in October in the midst of the revelations about an extramarital affair, in which he urged his mistress to get an abortion if she thought she was pregnant.
Democrats must claim the flip-24 GOP-held seats, the house majority, and no one was on the Pittsburgh-area district that President Trump have won by 20 percentage points in the presidential race in the game. If lamb wins, it will further bruise Trump and shake Republican would self-confidence that your new tax act is an all powerful attack and defense in your midterm matchups.
He’s trying to look like a moderate Democrat or a Republican, but we don’t know he is there.
– GOP-house-candidate Rick Saccone on opponent Conor Lamb
As he Tuesday, lamb voted insisted that Trump was the main issue in the race.
“We were with the execution of a plan, we came up with a long time ago had nothing to do with the President,” said lamb, who added later, “This is not a local race … I think that it has nothing to do with the President.”
Lamb is facing Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone, vowed on Tuesday that he Trump the “wingman.”
“[Trump] is in need of some help down there,” Saccone Fox Business Network said, “Morning, Maria.” “He is always beaten up in Washington, from the media, from the bureaucracy and from Hollywood.”
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.
This is a local race … I don’t think it has anything to do with the President.
– Conor Lamb, Democratic House Candidate
“Do me a favor, get you on Tuesday,” Trump said immediately after the greeting to the crowd. “Vote for Rick Saccone, and we can leave immediately.” Vice-President Mike Pence, Ivanka Trump and Advisor to President Kelly Anne Conway have all visited the district, the have of the well, the Pittsburgh suburbs in the depth of the Pennsylvania coal and steel country.
Still Saccone, 60, has struggled to raise money, and they stir the same passions that helped Trump the sweep of the industrial Midwest, on his way to the White house. According to Federal Election Commission records, the lamb of 3.3 million since the start of 2018, compared to $703,000 for Saccone.raised more than $
Meanwhile, national groups, Trump, speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis focused., and other Washington Republicans have spent about $9 million on the race, filling airwaves and social media with depictions of the lamb as little more than a lemming, for house Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Lamb countered with an ad calling it all “a big lie”, as he had already stated, he would not. Pelosi as ground support leader, much less a return to the lectern He added his opposition to the most important new weapon restrictions — it ensures advanced background checks — and declared himself personally against abortion, despite his support for its legality.
“[Lamb]’s trying to look like a moderate Democrat or a Republican, but we know that he is that,” Saccone said “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning. “We know that he votes, if he gets there, he will vote with the Democratic party 100 percent. We can’t have. If we go to the implementation of the Trump agenda, then we have a stick with the President.”
Saccone remarks were not deceived be speech an echo of Trump’s on Saturday night, the President warned: “The people in Pittsburgh, and by guy lamb.”
By contrast, Lamb hammered the new GOP-control of advertising law as a gift for companies, with the certain future cost of Social security, Medicare and the nation’s fiscal security. Lamb also has labor unions, highlighting Saccone anti-embraces-recording at the Capitol — a significant deviation from Murphy’s status as a union-friendly Republican. The AFL-CIO is one of 87,000 votes from union households – about a fifth of the electorate.
To lock in a bid, the key bloc vote, Democrats called on former Vice-President Joe Biden.
“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 years.
Regardless of Tuesday’s result, lamb and Saccone face off was back in November – even though 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.
FoxNews.com’s Joseph Weber and the Associated Press contributed to this report.