Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Pa.'s Lamb-Saccone race too close to call, AP says

Pa.'s Lamb-Saccone race too close to call, AP says

Democrat Conor Lamb has voted in Pennsylvania's special election for the 18th Congressional District.

Polls close at 8 p.m. ET. "It's unusual for a race with this many votes in it to be this close, but it happens". He added that in a race this close it may remain open until next Tuesday when military and overseas ballots are counted.

It's Election Day in western Pennsylvania; and it may as well be Election Day across America, too.

Democrat Conor Lamb is playing down comments by political pundits that the contest for a House seat in Pennsylvania against Rep. Rick Saccone is a referendum on President Donald Trump, The Hill reported on Tuesday.

Saccone encouraged those at the rally to bring their friends and neighbors to the polls, saying when Republicans show up - they win.

Supporters hug after President Donald Trump's motorcade drove past them following his viewing of border wall prototypes in San Diego, March 13, 2018. Even with such a tight race there is no automatic recount because it is a congressional race and not a statewide race. However, to win a court-ordered recount, there are stiff requirements, including requiring three voters in the same precinct who can attest that error or fraud was committed in the count.

Besides bruising the president, a Lamb defeat also could shake Republican self-assurance that their new tax law can shield them from other political woes. Saccone has said that he looks forward to being a Trump wingman in Congress. The candidate campaigned with him twice. The Rick Saccone campaign was a joke. Akbar, a veteran of several congressional campaigns, described the narrow gap in the latest polling as a shock: "I was like, 'Oh, there's a race!"

They had convinced themselves the Lone Star State would herald GOP doom in the November midterms, but the Texas tsunami was barely a ripple.

They are already pointing the finger at Republican Rick Saccone, who many feel has been an inferior candidate. "I'm really proud of all the people who have worked with me, and I think it's going to pay off", Lamb said. "The people of Pittsburgh", he declared, "cannot be conned by this guy Lamb".

According to state election officials, there are two methods for seeking a recount under state law. "Vote for Rick Saccone, and we can leave right now", Trump said immediately after greeting the crowd at a rally Saturday night outside Pittsburgh. "Oh, we're losing. Oh, a 20-point gap?'" Saccone's total was less than $1 million.

He did it as national Republican groups filled airwaves and social media with depictions of the first-time candidate as little more than a lemming for Nancy Pelosi - the California Democrat, House minority leader and GOP punching bag.

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Saccone spent the final hours of the campaign with Donald Trump, Jr, the president's oldest son, rallying at a VFW hall in his hometown of Elizabeth and warning Republicans that "the left" was energized for all the wrong reasons. The seat has been in Republican hands for the last 15 years.

For some voters, that was enough.

Supporters of Saccone said they are voting red with the economy in mind.

"I think it says a lot about Democratic enthusiasm". Lamb has also said he would not support an assault weapons ban and that, although he is personally pro-life, he wouldn't support a 20-week abortion ban.

But Republicans anxious they may still might not be able to keep the seat red.

They said he was going door-to-door, trying to meet as many voters as possible.

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court struck down the congressional map in January, determining that it violated the state's constitution. The special election has drawn national attention to a district that likely won't exist just two months from now.

The new 14th district will become even more Republican-leaning territory if Saccone wanted to run again.

But the area covered by the 18th district had been trending Republican for decades.

Peoples reported from NY.

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