A Democratic underdog is close to pulling out a huge upset in the nation’s biggest election
Democrat Conor Lamb is close to pulling off a remarkable victory in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump won the district by 20 points in 2016.
Right now, the race is too close to call.
Democrat Conor Lamb late Tuesday moved close to pulling off an improbable win, keeping the Democratic momentum going on Tuesday as he led Republican Rick Saccone in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District.
With more than 95% of precincts reporting, Lamb held a lead of less than 1 percentage point over Saccone.
Polls heading into Tuesday showed a tight race in a district President Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016, with some showing Lamb, a former Marine and federal prosecutor, ahead significantly. The seat became open after longtime Republican Rep. Tim Murphy resigned from office late last year following an abortion-related scandal.
Republicans went into the day blasting Saccone, a state legislator and Air Force veteran, for running a subpar campaign in a race they increasingly expected to close. Trump still enjoys decent approval ratings in the district and attempted to push Saccone over the top with a weekend visit.
“Conor Lamb is gonna win,” a national Republican close to the race conceded to Business Insider hours prior to polls closing. “I think it’s been a race, since day one, about candidate disparity.”
Another Republican strategist close to the race cited the “disparity between the candidates having an outsized impact.”
“Conor Lamb is exciting, he does break the mold a little bit,” the strategist said. “And he does sound like the kind of Democrat that your typical voter in that sort of district could support. Saccone, unfortunately just has never been able to excite people in the district. His shortcomings were noticed by a handful of strategists early on.”
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