Published: Tue, March 20, 2018

Democrat claims election victory in GOP heartland

Democrat claims election victory in GOP heartland

The strong showing by Lamb seems certain to buoy Democrats nationally as they seek to win control of the US House of Representatives from Republicans in the November elections.

Pencil in Democrat Conor Lamb or Republican Rick Saccone as the next congressman in a U.S. House district in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The race has been viewed as a bellwether for Republican performance in the November midterms, with the GOP expected to face significant headwinds at the polls.

If any aspect of the massively hyped special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District went unnoticed, it was Libertarian Party candidate Drew Miller. Lamb even had some Republicans swooning, with Laura Ingraham calling him a "young Tom Cotton", and Bill Kristol opining that Lamb's "natural home" was in "a sane GOP".

Some Republicans blamed the Pennsylvania results on their candidate, who ran an uninspiring campaign and failed to raise enough money.

The steelworkers, Bonier said, have been out in places like Mobile and southwestern Virginia "knocking on doors that hadn't been knocked on in years" and so helping Democrats and progressives find "a foothold with these voters".

The county is located entirely in the 17th district.

"I have talked to Conor's campaign and was told he wanted Beaver County's endorsement", Dupree told ABC News.

"We feel confident based on the way we ran this and our efforts to get absentee ballots to people who needed them", Lamb said. But parties can request it after all the votes are tallied.

For Lamb, running as an incumbent would come with advantages, such as dedicated support from the party and franking privileges from Congress, which allows lawmakers ways to tout their accomplishments to their constituents. "People are so exhausted of the shouting on TV and in our politics", Lamb said when claiming victory Wednesday morning.

But Mr Saccone has already said he intends to run in the new 14th District, which will include much of the current 18th and strongly Republican communities to the west of it.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in January that the congressional map enacted in 2011 violated the state constitution's provisions on partisan gerrymandering. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was appointed in 2014 as assistant US attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Norman beat Democrat Archie Parnell by 3.2 percentage points last fall - and Parnell announced his candidacy once more in the 2018 race. Here's the thing about this particular election; Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate, was favored to win. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) expressed after he defeated GOP candidate Roy Moore in 2017, after Moore faced allegations of sexual misconduct with minors. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee quietly slipped his campaign an early $1 million, but the campaign deliberately avoided attracting national attention and a possible backlash from the right.

"I think the President helped close this race", he said, a reference to the campaigning Trump did in the district over the previous weekend.

We're still talking about special elections, which are hard to predict or analyze.

Lamb won the race with a 627-vote lead against Republican candidate Rick Saccone in a Pennsylvania district that Trump carried by almost 20 percentage points in 2016.

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