Democrat Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor, is in a dead heat with Republican state Representative Rick Saccone in Tuesday's special election for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that Republicans have held since 2003.
Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Candidate Rick Saccone recently slammed left-wing progressives for their bias and hatred.
The back-to-back events days ahead of Tuesday's special election in southwestern Pennsylvania provided a snapshot look at how a House district that should be safely in the Republican column and that President Donald Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016 is suddenly competitive.
A recent poll shows Lamb leading Saccone 51% to 45%, but other polls have the race even closer.
"Despite the expected protestations that Saccone was a bad candidate, the GOP will have to account for the fact that the president's endorsement - even in a district that he won by twenty points, and even though the President has said he wants to do more candidate endorsement rallies - will not help Republican candidates", he said. The Congressional Leadership Fund, for example, provided 50 door knockers and spent more than $3.5 million on the election effort.
They said he was going door-to-door, trying to meet as many voters as possible.
"I hate to put this pressure on you, Rick, but the world is watching, because I won this district", Trump said.
Trump and the Republican Party have gone all in to prevent an embarrassing defeat.
During the CNN panels tonight on the PA-18 special election, the question of President Trump's impact came up a few times. He added, "I do think Trump is doing a good job".
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Saccone has tried to excite voters by embracing Trump.
Rick Tyler, who formerly served as communications director for Republican Sen. Republicans have a 24-seat advantage in the House pending the outcome in Pennsylvania.
We seem to have gone beyond candidates graciously acknowledging "the voice of the people" to those who can't stand to hear from anyone who disagrees with them. National and state GOP figures pointed to Saccone's lack of fundraising and campaign strategy has the source, and even President Trump acknowledged the tight race during a rally Saturday to boost Saccone. "Conor Lamb is exciting, he does break the mold a little bit".
As with last year's special elections, the national spotlight on the special election to fill a vacant seat in Pennsylvania's 18th U.S. House district has been intense.
Some Democrats said they saw small gains in their take-home pay, but nothing substantial.
Trump Jr. has said the solution is to go hard in running on what his father has accomplished "and the future".
The 60-year-old Air Force veteran turned state lawmaker and college instructor enjoys enthusiastic backing from social conservatives who've anchored his state career, and he's perhaps at his most animated when he touts his opposition to abortion rights. He supports expanding fracking to extract natural gas and has distanced himself from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
Wilson, a 74-year-old real estate agent from Robinson Township, said she likes Saccone because "he has the same views I do" in opposing abortion and the need to fight the opioid crisis. He also said he opposes major new gun restrictions - though he backs expanded background checks - and declared himself personally opposed to abortion, despite his support for its legality. The AFL-CIO counts 87,000 votes from union households - around a fifth of the electorate.
In a final-hours message on Fox Business Network, Saccone said that he was ready and willing to help Trump. You don't see me in the New-York-City-rubber-chicken-dinner-nonsense circuit.