Western PA special: A Trump embarrassment or close call?

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"This guy should win easily", Trump said, referring Republican candidate state Rep. Rick Saccone, who stands as the president's latest attempt at using his political capital to impact Congressional races ahead of the 2018 midterms.

"Everywhere I get it's 100-to-1 for Rick Saccone", the candidate said Monday during one of his final campaign stops, with Donald Trump Jr. flanking him two days after the president himself made his second campaign visit on Saccone's behalf. But I talked to so many of his backers in 2016 who were uncomfortable with his excesses; who had genuine qualms about the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants or preventing Muslims from entering the country.

A Lamb victory would hearten Democrats as they look to reclaim a House majority in November, while shaking Republican self-assurance that their new tax law is an omnipotent defense of whatever weakness comes with defending an all-GOP government helmed by President Donald Trump.

A report on blue-collar Trump voters in the New York Times last week found that many of these voters thought that the tax cut was nice - but they also didn't see it as a real solution to the problems they're facing right now. "Let me tell you, they're energized for hate for our president". Lamb is a former Marine and former Assistant U.S. Attorney. When the eight-term congressman vacated the seat in October, there came no chest-puffing from national Democrats plotting how to reclaim the 24 additional seats they need to take over the House.

Saccone, the author of the book "God in Our Government", has been described as having ties to Dominionism.

"We worked really hard for it", Lamb said after voting. Even with, say, a three-seat majority, the Republicans would select all the committee chairmen and thwart any investigation into the misdeeds of the Trump administration.

He says Democrats are "throwing everything they can at this race" because it's a rare open seat.

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Sensing the public relations nightmare of a Democratic upset in a district Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points, conservative outside spending groups have pumped about $10.6 million into bolstering Saccone, including nearly $7.7 million spent attacking Lamb.

In a story that analyzes the history of the 18 District as well as both candidates, National Review writer Jay Cost says voters head to the polls in a race that remains a toss-up and a possible Democratic win.

And the more a race is nationalized, the more that race can tell us about voters' moods going into November.

And he embraces unions, highlighting Saccone's anti-labor record at the statehouse - a noticeable deviation from Murphy's status as a union-friendly Republican. "He has insisted this is all about the 18th [Congressional District]", Madonna said. The White House has blamed the potential loss on Saccone.

The White House did much more for Saccone, sending in Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and White House advisers Kellyanne Conway and Ivanka Trump. The district is full of Reagan Democrats, and while past Democratic candidates did not appeal to these conservative-leaning Democrats, Lamb does. The chairman of the state party said that the district, held since 2003 by a Republican, is a "Democrat district".

THE BLAME GAME: If Republicans lose tonight, they will call Saccone a poor candidate who couldn't fundraise and didn't define himself early enough. 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.

But Handel, who raised funds with Trump, did not bring him to the district for a rally. "And there were a large number of people who didn't care". The candidate campaigned with him twice. According to Politico, Saccone has had anemic fundraising numbers.

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