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Trump Jr. Campaigns For Saccone Day Before Special Election

Trump Jr. Campaigns For Saccone Day Before Special Election

Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone battled to the wire Tuesday night in a tighter-than-tight congressional election that pitted the strength of President Donald Trump in blue-collar America against the energy and anger of the political left.

Campaign spending in a pivotal special election in Pennsylvania reached more than $17.5 million on the eve of Election Day, with most of the money pouring in from Republican and conservative groups supporting GOP House candidate Rick Saccone.

Polls have closed in a tight special election race for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.

The race is seen as a referendum on Trump and a harbinger for November's congressional elections, according to pollsters and party insiders who say the moderate Democrat could emerge as a model for Democratic candidates in other competitive House districts that Trump carried in 2016.

Delano: In a district that Donald Trump won by almost 20 points and no Democrat has come close to winning in decades, it's undeniable, in my view, that this election is a referendum on the performance of President Trump.

Four miles away from the Allegheny County GOP headquarters where Saccone was speaking, Democrat Conor Lamb had just finished a rally with more than 100 supporters and members of the steelworkers union. Lamb, he said, "can talk to all of them, and that's why he can win".

"I hate to put this pressure on you, Rick, but the world is watching, because I won this district", Trump said.

"He's pro-gun, he's pro-tariff, he's pro-Trump, essentially", Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel said in a Monday radio interview. He added, "I do think Trump is doing a good job". The fact that Saccone reportedly made no effort to reach out to these voters, either by running a get-out-the-vote operation or even by attempting to dress the part, didn't help either.

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Lamb, a 33-year old Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor, downplayed his opposition to the Republican president on Tuesday and insisted instead that the race hinged on local issues.

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From the Sarris Candy factory, Trump Jr. went to Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania, to speak to Saccone campaign volunteers at Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Department and rally people to get people to the polls on Tuesday.

If Democrat Conor Lamb wins, his party will claim their candidates can run and win anywhere in the country - even ruby red districts won by Donald Trump with double digits - which will boost their odds in regaining the House. The seat has been in Republican hands for the last 15 years.

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"It is really important for us to remind voters of not just what my father has accomplished and that he needs every Republican house member to continue that progress", said Trump Jr.in an interview with the Washington Examiner after he and Saccone concluded a tour of the iconic family candy business that has been a Canonsburg staple since 1963.

Lamb answered the criticism by saying he wouldn't support Pelosi as floor leader, much less as speaker if the Democrats should retake control of the House. 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. The AFL-CIO estimates there are 87,000 votes from union households in Pennsylvania's 18th district, around a fifth of the electorate. Saccone has said that he looks forward to being a Trump wingman in Congress. You need to be running good, strong campaigns, you need to be raising money.

Like other party operatives, this source is pinning the blame squarely on Saccone - not the party or the president. You don't see me in the New-York-City-rubber-chicken-dinner-nonsense circuit.

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