Pence says everything at stake in Pa. election

Bill Barrow and Marc Levy, The Associated Press •.

Trump tweeted Monday about the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's backing of state lawmaker Rick Saccone for Congress. Trump says Saccone "will be much better for steel and business". "That's 20 percent in a few months". He's up against 33-year-old Conor Lamb, who pitches himself as an independent-minded Democrat.

The official said Trump views Saccone as a weak candidate and is aware that he's struggled to raise money - but that Trump went into his rally Saturday hoping to move the needle for Saccone with his base of blue-collar supporters, particularly in the wake of his steel tariff announcement.

"Make no mistake: This race is a referendum on Trump's presidency", the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the national group that works to elect Democrats to the House, said Sunday.

Tuesday's big special election in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district is shaping up to be a must-win for Republicans - but a new poll suggests that they are about to suffer a massive loss. They just can't be lazy.

"We need to build a working class movement right here in this district!" exclaims Roberts to attendees, imploring the union cadre to get out the vote on behalf of Conor Lamb. In 24 consecutive special House elections, the party defending the vacant district has been victorious, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Government.

GOP and conservative groups are shoveling in dollars to overcome Saccone's lackluster fundraising - this despite his claim that he "was Trump before Trump was Trump".

State Rep. Greg Rothman serves with Sacconne in the Pennsylvania legislature and worked on the team that helped Trump win in the state.

Likewise, if Lamb outperformed Clinton in the most heavily Democratic areas and most Republican areas, and, for the purposes of debate, took 72 percent of the vote in the bluest areas where Clinton only took 56 percent and 41 percent in the reddest areas where Clinton only took 26 percent, that would still only get Lamb within nine points.

The two candidates are competing to fill the vacant seat of Republican Representative Tim Murphy who resigned last fall.

The poll was conducted on landlines and cell phones from March 8 to 11 with 503 registered voters in Pennsylvania's 18th District. The sampling margin of error was plus or minus 5.1 percentage points. Murphy announced his resignation in October 2017, following reports that he encouraged a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair to have an abortion.

Lamb has highlighted protections for Social Security and Medicare in a district with a median age of 44.6, compared to 37.7 nationwide, and where 36.3 percent of households receive Social Security, compared with 30.2 percent in the USA, according to estimates from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

At the same time, Lamb opposes sweeping gun restrictions, endorses Trump's new steel tariffs, avoids attacking the president, and tells voters he wouldn't back Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California for speaker if Democrats won a House majority. In every case, the party that had held the seat kept it.

Barring a last-minute reversal by the federal courts, tomorrow's election will be the last held under a Pennsylvania congressional map the state Supreme Court invalidated in January and then supplanted last month with a map that's more favorable to Democrats. "The scary thing for vulnerable House Republicans this year is that neither the National Republican Congressional Committee nor [aligned super PAC] seem to have any clue what to do about it", Tyler Law, spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told ABC News in an email. Touring the candy-maker, he greeted workers and urged them to vote. They and their allies have spent $10.3 million, versus $1.7 million by pro-Lamb entities. The district also includes a swath of Westmoreland County between Pittsburgh and Johnstown, plus parts of Washington and Greene Counties, which border West Virginia.

Meanwhile, his Allegheny County field office was hopping with activity. Although a plurality feel the tariffs will help the area's economy (43% say they'll help while 36% say they'll hurt), nearly all, 96%, say the decision hasn't affected their choice in the upcoming special election.

Saccone on Monday insisted he did not support cuts to Medicare or Social Security, and accused the left of trying to scare seniors.

"I'm a walking poll", Saccone said. Rick Saccone will be a great, great congressman.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.