More trouble for Trump's candidate in Pennsylvania special election

  • More trouble for Trump's candidate in Pennsylvania special election

More trouble for Trump's candidate in Pennsylvania special election

(Trafford) - President Donald Trump invoked "steel and business" today as he and his son made a final push to sway voters in a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat that will reverberate nationally.

In Pennsylvania, Trump could face another setback if Saccone loses. Democrats have also won a spate of state legislature races around the country, including in districts, like the one in Pennsylvania, that strongly backed Trump in 2016.

Lamb leads 57% to 40% in Allegheny County, which is expected to account for about 42% of the vote.

In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Pence says "the only thing at stake is everything" in the race between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb. That flood of spending comes even though the district won't exist after this November's election following the state Supreme Court's decision to redraw Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts.

The Pennsylvania special election is to replace Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned past year amid revelations of an extramarital affair in which the anti-abortion lawmaker urged his mistress to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant.

Trump Jr. on Monday called Republican Rick Saccone someone who will help his father fight for jobs to come back from overseas.

Lamb, however, has pledged not to support House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for another term as her party's House leader and says he will go his own way.

"He shares my values", DeFelice said Sunday. "My wife and I meet thousands of people every day". The NRA has endorsed Saccone, who has an A+ rating from the group, and has donated $2,450 to his campaign.

Still, Democrats want to use the race as another way to needle Trump. He sometimes mocks Lamb as having "no record at all".

Lamb has run to the right of most Democrats on a series of issues. But Lamb has run as a moderate Democrat, even saying he would not support Pelosi as the House Democratic leader if he joins Congress. Lamb says he personally opposes abortion, supports fracking and does not back new gun control measures. In the days before Tuesday's vote, Trump had invested a significant amount of political capital backing Republican candidate Rick Saccone. "He's good with guns. This mailer was sent to voters who might find his views on the Second Amendment of note", said CLF spokeswoman Courtney Alexander in a statement.

That hasn't given Saccone much traction against Lamb, a Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor, in a district with influential labor unions and a long history of coal mining and steel-making. "I do not believe, as (Republican House Speaker) Paul Ryan does, that these are entitlements or another form of welfare". If accurate, the result would likely continue a post-2016 presidential election surge in favor of Democrats.

Boasting a more than 3-to-1 fundraising advantage over Saccone, Lamb has plastered his message on Pittsburgh television and animated Democrats who haven't had recent reason to care.

The election will fill the vacancy created by the departure of incumbent Republican Tim Murphy. Murphy resigned in October amid a sex scandal. But it might be a blueprint for other Democrats running in House districts that Trump carried easily in 2016.

The bulk of the president's remarks focused more on a reboot of the "Make America Great Again" campaign in a review of what he has done - and will do - in office, such as touting the tax cuts he signed a year ago, and talking about his decision to accept talks with North Korea over the country's nuclear program.

The Republican argument is enough for voters like 54-year-old Jeffrey Snelling. But he said he thinks he's better looking, and added that Saccone "is handsome", too.

"They represent the extreme left of the Democratic Party", he said.

Levy reported from Waynesburg.