Republicans abandon tax cut message in Pennsylvania election

Republican Rick Saccone right basked in the glow of a crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump on Saturday

The latest polling shows Lamb leading Saccone by 6 points in the Pittsburgh-area district, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE won by almost 20 points in 2016. Election tracking outlet FiveThirtyEight gives Lamb a two point edge in the polling average, though the race is within the margin of error.

Voters are going to the polls today in Pennsylvania's 18th District to decide between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone in a uncharacteristically close race in the deeply Republican district.

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.

But Murphy, who espoused strong anti-abortion views, resigned last fall amid revelations of an extramarital affair in which he urged his lover to get an abortion when they thought she was pregnant. Lamb, he said, "can talk to all of them, and that's why he can win". "They have a hatred for our president", Saccone remarked. Conor Lamb is the Democrat challenging Republican Rick Saccone for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, Saccone's volunteers and campaign staffers were also working the phones on Election Eve at his Southpointe Headquarters in Washington County.

The speech was perhaps in response to recent polls showing that Rick Saccone was trailing Conor Lamb, whom Donald Trump called "Lamb the sham" over the weekend.

"What does the outcome of this election say about the president?"

Registered Republican Brett Gelb voted for Saccone, largely because the Republican candidate promised to support the president.

Saccone spent the final hours of the campaign with Donald Trump, Jr, the president's oldest son, rallying at a VFW hall in his hometown of Elizabeth and warning Republicans that "the left" was energized for all the wrong reasons. The fact that Saccone reportedly made no effort to reach out to these voters, either by running a get-out-the-vote operation or even by attempting to dress the part, didn't help either. "I don't think it has anything to do with the president". He said his life has changed dramatically since his father won the presidency.

Roger Valente, the chairman of the Quaker Valley GOP, a group within Allegheny County, said voters might not be aware of Saccone's background, particularly in academia, because he comes off as a blue collar worker. I was looking at the rally last night, and this guy is wearing French cuffs in Pennsylvania! It is easy to characterize her as one of those "coastal liberals" that seem to dominate the Democratic Party.

Lamb answered the critique by saying he won't support Pelosi as floor leader, much less a return to the speaker's rostrum. As a close observer here in western Pennsylvania, it's clear to me that the passion is on the side of the anti-Trump voters who intend to send a message by electing Conor Lamb.

So Lamb's going to win for sure, right? The AFL-CIO estimates there are 87,000 votes from union households in Pennsylvania's 18th district, around a fifth of the electorate.

"Wake up and get out and vote, people", he said on Fox News' "Fox & Friends".

"We worked really hard for it and I think it paid off", he said. The 33-year-old Lamb, from Mt. Lebanon, is running as a conservative Democrat - his first campaign ad featured him shooting an AR-15 assault rifle - and has gained support from historically powerful labor unions. She added that she has been contacted several times, and received an automated call from Vice President Mike Pence before attending the Trump rally.

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