Trump previously visited the district during an official trip earlier this year; Vice President Pence campaigned with Saccone in February; Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeGOP lawmakers: Obama admin "hastily" wrote lead ammunition ban Ex-Interior chief ribs Zinke over "secretarial flag" Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE visited the area for an official trip in February; and White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayCalls mount from Dems to give platform to Trump accusers Top Oversight Dem pushes for White House opioid briefing More than 100 WH staffers still worked on temporary security clearance a year after election: report MORE stumped with Saccone this week. Lamb says many local offices in the district are held by Democrats, and that Democratic voters are energized by the novelty of a competitive race. It was complete with visits from the president, vice president and several Cabinet members. The special election will fill the seat left vacant by Republican Tim Murphy, who resigned past year after revelations that the vehemently anti-abortion lawmaker had pressured a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion. "But the combination of a strong Democratic candidate with a good message, a very weak Republican candidate, and the prevailing winds working against Republicans is going to spell disaster here for them".
It is unclear where he will run (the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court just redrew all 18 districts, eliminating the one he is running in now). Other national groups allied with the GOP have spent almost $8 million on advertising in the race, which is more than seven times the amount invested by national Democratic allies not affiliated with the Lamb campaign. Each endorsed the president's tariffs generally in a recent debate, noting that the White House hadn't ironed out details.
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Saccone will also be getting some high-profile campaign trail help of his own.
He cast Lamb, the 33-year-old Marine veteran and prosecutor, as cut from the same cloth.
Saccone spokesman Patrick McCann dismissed the complaints from Republicans as "just inside the Beltway stuff" that doesn't matter in the race. "We've got to remember who the hell we are". "We've only been asked about it by the media".More news: Travel warning issued for Americans in Mexico
Lamb, 33, has raised $3.9 million - far more than the $918,000 that Saccone, 60, raised through February 21.
But Lamb has been able to parry other GOP attacks. But they've struggled to land blows and haven't slowed the Democrat.
"Generally, the party that holds the White House pays a penalty down the ballot, particularly in special elections like we're seeing in Pennsylvania on Tuesday", Kondik said. He added that the result on Tuesday night would be either a "narrow Lamb victory" or a "really, really close loss". And a deep-blue progressive would not be within striking distance of winning this race in a suburban-rural congressional district where, despite having a 25,000-voter registration advantage, Democrats didn't even field a candidate in 2016. "This is a challenging environment for Republicans".More news: ITV confirms Who Wants to Be a Millionaire reprisal
But in the weeks to come, the National Republican Congressional Committee quietly dispatched a staffer to the district to walk Saccone, who lacked any donor infrastructure, through the basics of how to fundraise. "I haven't heard a great explanation for them as to why they think these tariffs are going to benefit us". "He reminds me of my son Beau", the former DE attorney general and rising Democratic star who died of brain cancer in 2015, Biden said. Wilson said that, as a conservative, he's opposed to most liberal policies "and that's why I'll be voting for Rick, because I know he's a conservative".
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