Election Results for Pennsylvania special election on March 13, 2018

Pauline Gross
March 14, 2018

"They've gerrymandered this worse than the gerrymandering they were complaining about", Saccone said. National Republicans have fretted over the symbolism of losing a seat Trump won by almost 20 percentage points and have taken to criticizing him personally.

Rick Saccone accused the Democratic party of being energized by "hatred" for "our country", "God", and "our president" on the eve of a most important day in his political career so far.

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Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m.

Because of a long-running fight over Pennsylvania's congressional boundaries, the victor will have to start campaigning for re-election nearly immediately in a different district. The new map - which gets rid of much of the current 18th district and renames it as the 14th - is expected to be put in place before the November midterms when all House members have to run for re-election. The White House has blamed the potential loss on Saccone.

President Donald Trump dominated the district in the 2016 presidential election and offered his backing to Saccone. Other recent visitors include the vice president, the president's eldest son, the president's daughter and the president's chief counselor. But if he wins, it will be another sign that Democratic momentum is strong and barreling toward November.

Saccone said voters should not be fooled. That's especially true since Lamb has been clear that he will not vote for Pelosi as leader.

Some Republican operatives, speaking on condition of anonymity, have been laying part of the blame on Saccone's skills as a campaigner. The district is full of Reagan Democrats, and while past Democratic candidates did not appeal to these conservative-leaning Democrats, Lamb does.

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"I feel that he gets it, while the other person is preoccupied with issues that do not affect a working family", Barnes said of Lamb.

The most money spent on a special House race - or any House race - was $55 million a year ago in suburban Atlanta, in Democrats' failed effort to take a GOP-held seat. The seat has been in Republican hands for the last 15 years.

The seat was vacated in October when Tim Murphy resigned after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the pro-life Republican urged a woman he had an affair with to have an abortion. He'll need plenty of voters like Brett Gelb, a 48-year-old fire technician who cast his ballot for Saccone in Lamb's home precinct.

The Cook Political Report initially said the race favored Republicans, citing the way PA districts were drawn, but recently Cook changes the race's distinction to being a toss-up - which alone could be viewed as a small victory for Democrat candidate Conor Lamb, who is looking to flip the longtime red seat.

Trump delivered "about five minutes" of what had been scripted for Saturday night's rally, a White House official familiar with the speech said. "I've been in the legislature for four terms".

Lamb's youth and charm and lack of any record to run against has caused Saccone to remain stuck in the polling. If he wins, Lamb has vowed not to vote for Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader. He's added his opposition to major new gun restrictions - though he backs expanded background checks - and declared himself personally opposed to abortion, despite his support for its legality. As a close observer here in western Pennsylvania, it's clear to me that the passion is on the side of the anti-Trump voters who intend to send a message by electing Conor Lamb.

He pairs those tacks with Democratic Party orthodoxy on the new GOP tax law, hammering it as a giveaway to corporations at the certain future expense of Social Security, Medicare and the nation's fiscal security.

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