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Pennsylvania House Race Seen as a Test for Both Parties

13 March 2018, 10:53 | Myrtle Vega

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone speaks during a campaign event on February 2, 2018, in Bethel Park, Pa.

This time it was in Pennsylvania at a rally in support of Republican Rick Saccone, who is facing Democrat Conor Lamb in a special congressional election slated for Tuesday.

Trump thinks Saccone is a bad, "weak" candidate, according to four sources who've spoken to the president about him. "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. More than 64,000 people were killed by opioids in 2016. "Loves 2nd A & VETS".

Todd, whom Trump derided throughout the campaign as "sleepy eyes Chuck Todd", responded to Mnuchin with a deadpan tone. Big & happy crowd (why not, some of the best economic numbers ever).

In order to make up the 20 point differential from 2016, Lamb would likely need to outperform Clinton in nearly every type of district, not only doing better than Clinton did against Trump in the bluest areas but also doing significantly better in the reddest areas and breaking near even with the Republican in the more moderate, average parts of the district where Trump in 2016 won by around 20-21 points. The Cook Political Report ratesthe contest as a "toss up". "I just don't understand that people say we shouldn't put lobsters into hot, boiling water. but we can kill babies". "The Republican Party is the Trump party right now".

Mr Trump talked up his decision this past week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports - a move deeply opposed by congressional Republicans and the business wing of the GOP, yet popular in this Pittsburgh suburb, the heart of steel country.

But Lamb has resonated with voters, including some centrist Republicans.

None of the retired coal miners and family members attending Sunday's rally said they foresaw the dying industry turning around, as Trump has pledged to do. The PAC has two field offices in western Pennsylvania and 50 people on the ground, knocking on doors on behalf of Saccone, an enormous investment for a single House race.

Lamb keeps to party orthodoxy on unions.

Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, a political forecasting unit of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, shifted the race on Thursday from Republican-leaning to a toss-up, pointing to Lamb's strong fundraising and the lack of impact of Republican advertising promoting tax cuts.

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In fact, in a recent TV ad, he explicitly sent that message about his differences with the top Democrat in the House. "I don't know if that is unpopular", he said. In the last election, the local AFL-CIO endorsed him for re-election.

Others are openly wondering if the only solution is to beat Trump at his own game.

"Go out on Tuesday and just vote like insane".

And on Tuesday, Lamb, a former Marine and federal prosecutor, might become the first Democrat to win this district in 15 years.

"We're very concerned about this race", one national Republican involved in the campaign told TPM.

And while campaigning for him, the former vice president paid Lamb the ultimate compliment: "He reminds me of my son Beau", Biden said, referring to his eldest son who died of brain cancer in 2015.

Colleen Wooten, a Steelworkers staff representative, said Lamb has connected with the region's working class. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down the map, and Lamb is likely to run next fall against Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) in a much less conservative district than the gerrymandered one he's now trying to win.

"I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem", The New York Times quoted Trump as saying, based on the transcript of the April 29 call.

Saccone sounded more fervent as he stood alongside Trump at their rally. "I don't think that will be the case here in Pennsylvania".

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