Pennsylvania's Closely Watched Special Election Is Tuesday

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"That's the kind of thing that young people need to hear, in order to really feel like their personal vote actually counts".

Saccone stands so closely to Trump that he names only one disagreement: He roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the president backs the New England Patriots. "Rick's going to support everything he's doing", she said.

Thompson admits "turnout is everything" and he is optimistic that voters will show the same enthusiasm for Saccone as they did for President Trump during Saturday's rally.

The 60-year-old state lawmaker has struggled unexpectedly with an electorate that favored Trump by 20 percentage points just 16 months ago.

Pennsylvania Republican voter Carol Thomas, who says she is backing GOP candidate Rick Saccone in this Tuesday's special congressional election, told CNN on Monday that she believes the president's weekend rally would actually make it more hard for Republicans to hold the seat.

The outcome Tuesday will reverberate nationally. But Lamb did get help from former Vice President Joe Biden, a favorite among Rust Belt Democrats. Of the 85 races now viewed as competitive, 55 are in congressional districts that Trump won in 2016, according to the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Despite the national attention on the race, DiSarro said he expects turnout to be around 20 to 25 percent, which would likely mean a win for Saccone. He sometimes mocks his 33-year-old opponent as having "no record at all".

A college professor and former Air Force counterintelligence officer, Saccone won an endorsement from the influential Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper, which praised his greater experience and knowledge of the district.

Now, like many other Democrats, Lamb is hoping that labor will turn out the vote for him.

Lamb, however, keeps to party orthodoxy on unions. He blasts the new Republican tax law as a gift to the wealthy and a threat to Social Security and Medicare.

The farther east or west you go from the epicenter of the district map just south of downtown Pittsburgh, the more NRA stickers (both Saccone and Lamb oppose AR-15 and bump stock bans) you are likely to see.

An estimated $16 million has been spent over the last 100 days to influence voters ahead of Tuesday, when voters will choose between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb. A gun-loving protectionist Democrat would be an anomaly in most districts, but in western Pennsylvania that's how what's left of the left rolls.

For his part, Lamb has held the national party at arm's length, opposing sweeping gun restrictions, endorsing Trump's new steel tariffs, avoiding attacking the president and telling voters he wouldn't back Pelosi for speaker if Democrats won a House majority. This is a small, in many respects, a small special election. That brings me to a compromise position: Require that in the event of a vacancy, an election will be held the next November - Election Day - to fill it. Murphy resigned in October amid a sex scandal. "He's a Marine", Kortz said.

No matter the result on Tuesday night both Lamb and Saccone are expected to run again in November - in different districts.

Bancroft, who recently retired as a nurse practitioner, is a registered Democrat in Washington County, but Lamb managed to attract her Republican husband, as well.

On the other side of the aisle, Lamb has raised almost $3.5 million since January for his campaign directly, and outside groups backing him have spent only about $1.7 million in the race so far. Even before Saturday's joint campaign-style rally with the president, Saccone has called himself "Trump before Trump" and has echoed Trump's desires to reduce immigration and reinvigorate the coal mining industry. Trump namechecked two California congresswomen, raising the warning of a Democrat-controlled House.

"Conor Lamb has made it very close, and that's rather remarkable when you consider the district", Sen. The avid pro-lifer, who was popular with the district's churchgoers, was compelled to resign previous year after revelations that he asked a woman half his age to abort their unborn child. "There's no one that I would rather have in my corner that President Trump". His bottom line, though: "I'm not voting for any liberal who's going to advance the Democratic Party agenda".

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