Election Results for Pennsylvania special election on March 13, 2018

Election Results for Pennsylvania special election on March 13, 2018

Working-class voters across western Pennsylvania on Tuesday are weighing in on a surprisingly tight congressional contest that has pitted the strength of President Donald Trump's grasp on blue-collar America against the energy and anger of the political left.

Saccone told Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network in an Election Day interview that Trump is "getting beat up in Washington" by the media, bureaucrats and Hollywood.

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 neck-and-neck race between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone to replace a GOP congressman who resigned amid a sex scandal isn't a flawless test case for November, for a few reasons.

If Pelosi felt threatened by Lamb's call for new leadership, it would stand to reason that she might not be willing to throw the full support of her powerful political machine behind him - even in a race widely considered to be a bellwether for the midterms. "You know, you didn't like black people getting rights; you don't like women, you know, getting jobs; you don't want to, you know, see that Indian American succeeding more than you are - you know, whatever your problem is, I'm gonna solve it".

To better understand the race - and what it all means about and for Trump - I reached out to Jon Delano, the lead political analyst for Pittsburgh's KDKA, for his perspective.

Delano: "If Conor Lamb wins on Tuesday, it will tell us that even in solid Trump country, the right kind of Democrat can win in the 2018 midterms". They are Republican state Representative Richard Saccone, Democratic former assistant USA attorney and Marine Corps veteran Conor Lamb, and Libertarian Drew Miller. Rank-and-file workers helped Trump carry the district by 20 percentage points in 2016.

A Lamb upset would boost Democrats ahead of the November midterm elections. In the White House's view, this proves Trump isn't the one bringing down Saccone. One of Lamb's official television ads calls him "the only candidate who's said that Democrats and Republicans need new leaders in Congress".

Lamb told reporters Tuesday he doesn't think the election is a referendum on President Donald Trump.




Ironically, in that vote, he positioned himself as slightly more liberal, defeating Westmoreland County commissioner Gina Cerilli who describes herself as a pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-union Democrat. He resigned last fall. Saccone is a former Air Force officer in his fourth term in the Pennsylvania state Legislature.

But the region has doesn't have as many steelworkers as it did in the industry's heydays, even if there's still a cultural association.

Polls close at 8 p.m.

Delano: Like the Democrats, the Republicans do not have a primary to select their nominee in a special congressional election. Lamb, for example, would likely run in what is now Rep. Keith Rothfus' (R) district. Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to the president, appeared at several events with the candidate on Thursday, while Donald Trump Jr. helped rally a large crowd of volunteers in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, on Monday night. He supports expanding fracking to extract natural gas and has distanced himself from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

THE DISTRICT WILL LIKELY DISAPPEAR: If you thought $12 million being spent by outside groups on one special election race that won't immediately change the power dynamics on Capitol Hill was insane, consider this: The district will likely disappear in November.

Even if Saccone, a state legislator, prevails, it would demonstrate that Democrats are competitive in places they hadn't been before and force the GOP to spend time and money defending what had been safe Congressional seats as they try to hold on to their House majority in November. His loss to Saccone has created some bitterness in the GOP.

The victor replaces Republican Tim Murphy, who resigned in October amid a sex scandal.

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