PA Republican unsurprised by close race


"I thought his behavior as we saw on the Access Hollywood tape was deplorable", Clinton said of Trump just after the election.

According to CNN's tally, Democrats have flipped 39 Republican-held, mostly state and local seats since Trump became president, including the Alabama anomaly in which Doug Jones won a Senate seat deep in the heart of Dixie. As I said before if President Trump's in your corner, how can you lose? "And I tell you, many of them have a hatred for our country". "They have a hatred for God". Donald Trump Jr. attended the rally and spoke on behalf of candidate Rick Saccone.

WHICH SURROGATE MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT: Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden all campaigned here for the candidates.

On Tuesday, after casting his own ballot in the suburb of Pittsburgh where he lives, Lamb will hit the polls with his grandmother, then with a conservative Democrat whom he defeated for the party's nomination.

"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 southwest Pennsylvania district will disappear this year, thanks to a court decision that struck down a Republican-drawn map. The candidates - Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone - are in a tough fight in which outside groups have spent over $12 million.

Three recent polls give Lamb a slight lead in the race.

President Donald Trump dominated the district in 2016 and has offered his backing to Saccone. "Get out there and vote". He also ran firmly opposed to Nancy Pelosi being the Democratic leader.

In the closing days, national Republicans argued that he had blurred the lines between the parties, gaining on Saccone only because he did not sound like a Democrat.

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Lamb supports gun rights and tariffs on steel and aluminum.

This race is attracting outside attention and outside money, as it is a district that Donald Trump carried by 20 points back in 2016. The AFL-CIO estimates there are 87,000 votes from union households in Pennsylvania's 18th district, around a fifth of the electorate. Lamb claims that he is personally opposed to abortion but is supportive of so-called abortion rights. Lamb told the Weekly Standard he doesn't support a ban on abortion at 20 weeks. Don't believe it. "The "Saccone is awful candidate" excuse is silly", writes Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report.

Saccone, a four-term state legislator and military veteran, on Tuesday sounded singularly focused on winning Tuesday's race. Lamb took in around $3.3 million during this period, compared to about $700,000 for Saccone.

Trump Jr. pointed out that Sarris Candies is the ideal example of a small American business that has done well under the Trump tax reform bill, which he reminded supporters that no Democrat, no matter how moderate or centrist they are, supported.

Current polling at RealClearPolitics shows a virtual dead heat in the 18 Congressional District, where Democratic candidate Conor Lamb (pictured at right) could wrestle a seat from the Republican Party after now-former Rep. Tim Murphy resigned in disgrace over an extramarital affair.

"This guy should win easily", Trump told the crowd at the rally.

At Friday's event with supporters and volunteers at the party's Allegheny County office, which featured a cardboard cutout of Trump, Saccone, 60, dismissed the anonymous complaints about his campaign.

"I have never gotten so many political calls", she said, even during presidential elections.

Trump won the district, in southwest Pennsylvania, by almost 20 points in 2016 and has endorsed Saccone.