By Fred Lucas
Democrat Conor Lamb appears to have captured a tight victory in in a special election for a Pennsylvania U.S. House seat. But the final verdict still hinges on absentee and provisional ballots.
As of Wednesday morning, the Associated Press is not calling the race. However, Lamb has declared victory, as has the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Republican Rick Saccone vows he is not yet giving up until the votes are counted.
The AP reports Lamb had a 641 vote lead over Saccone, out of about 224,000 votes cast. But, the AP says, there are at least 200 absentee ballots not yet counted, and an unknown number of provisional ballots.
The Keystone state’s 18th Congressional District race was viewed as a harbinger for what might happen in the midterm congressional races in November. President Donald Trump won this district overwhelmingly in 2016.
Over the weekend, Trump campaigned for the Saccone in Pittsburgh, and called the Democratic contender “Lamb the sham.”
In early tabulating of ballots, Lamb opened up a significant lead. However, as more and more votes rolled in, the two candidate were within less than 1 percent. The Libertarian candidate Drew Miller won more than 1,300 votes.
Lamb, a former federal prosecutor, is a Marine veteran and the grandson of a former majority leader of the Pennsylvania state Senate.
Lamb ran as a moderate Democrat, asserting he would not support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in leadership and has opposed gun control measures. And he hasn’t attacked Trump of taken up the “resistance” banner. But he supports abortion rights.
Saccone, 60, is a Republican state representatives, and was an early Trump supporter in the presidential race. Saccone is an Air Force veteran and former counterintelligence officer. He is also an expert in North …read more
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