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Old March 14th, 2018, 04:23 AM   #11
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The Pennsylvania race is a toss-up. But the narrative is a lock.

The absentee ballots are being counted, but it looks like Lamb will take home the trophy by a slight margin.
Conor Lamb comes from a Democratic political family with deep roots in Allegheny County politics. His grandfather was a state senator who served as majority leader when the Democrats controlled that body in the 1970s. Conor's uncle was elected twice as city controller in Pittsburgh. Conor's father worked in the Congress in the 1980s for US Rep. Austin Murphy, and is now a well-connected top government affairs officer for PNC, the nation's ninth largest bank.
In short, Lamb has politics in his blood. Because there is no primary to pick nominees in special congressional elections, it's essentially an insider's game. Lamb's family connections and resume (assistant US Attorney & former Marine lawyer) with no record to hurt him positioned him to win on the second ballot among the 554 Democratic committee people in the four counties who voted.

All that aside, this election and many more to come WILL BE ABOUT TRUMP.
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Old March 14th, 2018, 04:28 AM   #12
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too tight a race to be comfortable

I hope the Dems don't get overly confidant and stop fighting as hard as they did with this one

I know this is the first time I've ever donated to an out-of-state representative campaign
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Old March 14th, 2018, 05:13 AM   #13
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Republicans are in the final hours of their frantic, all-out bid to save a Pennsylvania congressional district in the heart of Trump country from falling into Democratic hands in Tuesday's special election.

Democrat Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old Marine veteran and former prosecutor, holds a slight lead among likely voters over Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone, a Monmouth University poll released on the eve of the 18th District election shows.
It's left the GOP bracing for what would be its most embarrassing -- and ominous -- loss since Donald Trump took office. Republicans have spent more than $10 million to prevent a defeat in the district, which Trump won in 2016 by 20 percentage points.
If Lamb wins, or even comes close, it will be a signal that Republicans are in danger even in districts where Trump was won handily in 2016, and raise Democratic hopes of capturing the House and Senate this fall. The race would also serve as a model for Democrats running in deep-red districts across the country.

"The world is watching," Trump said in an appearance in the district Saturday night, upping the pressure for Saccone to deliver on Tuesday.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/12/polit...ing/index.html
Looks like he's the winner, but there are some absentee ballots still left to be counted, and it isn't going to be called until next Tuesday. There is no mandatory recount threshold in PA. you have to request one, and that could happen next week also, so it's anyone's guess when the election could be called. But that's beside the point. This is a heavily red district that Trump won by 20 points, in western PA coal country. It should have been a lay up for the Republican. If they can't win in a district like this one, they're in big trouble in November.
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Old March 14th, 2018, 05:50 AM   #14
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Looks like he's the winner, but there are some absentee ballots still left to be counted, and it isn't going to be called until next Tuesday. There is no mandatory recount threshold in PA. you have to request one, and that could happen next week also, so it's anyone's guess when the election could be called. But that's beside the point. This is a heavily red district that Trump won by 20 points, in western PA coal country. It should have been a lay up for the Republican. If they can't win in a district like this one, they're in big trouble in November.
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Probably the primary takeaway tonight from PA-18 is: Madam Speaker.
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