Conor Lamb vs. Rick Saccone live results: Pennsylvania 18 special election

Conor Lamb and Rick Saccone

Elliott Morris of The Economist say that even a narrow loss would be a very good sign for Democrats, given the district's strong Republican tilt.

The vice president argues that Trump's entire agenda is on the line in a race that is being viewed as a bellwether of a challenging midterm election cycle for Republicans.

But the party focused more on the need to keep the seat in Republican hands than on Saccone's dozens of years in public service.

Republicans said that the surge of drama in what they had expected to be a relatively sleepy race has revealed significant issues nationally for Trump and the party. "I'll tell you some more - my wife and I saw it again today, they have a hatred for God".

Mr. Lamb's campaign said he had no scheduled events Monday.

Supplementing that spending, End Citizens United - a PAC devoted to curbing the influence of outside money on elections - spent about $250,000 on Lamb's behalf in late January; the Service Employees International Union Committee on Political Education spent around $112,000; and two PACs, Progressive Turnout Project and Working America, combined to spend nearly $100,000 on get-out-the-vote efforts. A proposed redistricting map drawn by the state Supreme Court shows the 14th District swallowing much of the territory now occupied by the 18th. The candidates are vying to fill the seat left vacant by Rep. Tim Murphy, who stepped down amid an extramarital affair scandal last fall.

By Tuesday morning, Republicans were openly fretting that Lamb might win the race, and rattle the president's party ahead of this year's midterms.

"He's running like he's a friend of Trump", former Pennsylvania congressman Bob Walker, R, said. But the group also invested $170,000 on get-out-the-vote digital ads and $160,000 for field staff and polling, according to a source.

Voters on Tuesday will decide between Lamb, a former Marine and prosecutor, and Republican state legislator Rick Saccone. When the Republican candidate's campaign was on life support, and party leaders were calling for him to drop out, Trump continued to publically back Moore even as the allegations mounted.

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

The estimated $12 million-plus pouring into Pennsylvania's hotly-contested House race won't break a spending record, but it could be one of the priciest short-term investments in political history, considering the district could disappear within the next several months - or days.

Pennsylvania politicos, meanwhile, are baffled by the Republicans' decision to put Saccone on the ballot. They have spent almost $8 million on advertising in the race, more than seven times the amount invested by national Democratic allies unaffiliated with the Lamb campaign. "People have paid into these programs over the course of a lifetime", Lamb told more than 300 retired coal miners and Democratic activists Sunday in Waynesburg, 40 miles south of Pittsburgh.

But Washington is often guilty of hyperventilating about a special election.

Republicans control both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Trump Jr., who delivered a bracing speech for his father on the second night of the Republican National Convention in the summer of 2016, raised his profile and ability to serve as an effective surrogate for his father on the campaign trail. They had anxious that Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., was on track to lose a special 2017 election in suburban Atlanta; her four-point victory went on to boost morale so much that she would hold pep talks for Republican candidates. They're throwing everything they can at this race. On Saturday Trump was in the district.

Trump Jr. admitted they can not use his father's new slogan for 2020, "Keep America Great", which he unveiled in a rally in Pittsburgh Saturday night, if his voters become complacent. "It is impeachment. Regardless of whether one likes this president or his policies, one must ask what the outcome for the country will be if we dive into so great a distraction".

"This guy should win easily, and he's going to win easily". "All these things ought to be working in Saccone's favor".

"We could have done that without adding a penny to the debt", he said. "He's such a powerful person that commands the audience".

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