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Democrat Conor Lamb Declares Victory In Pennsylvania Race

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CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Democrat Conor Lamb is declaring victory in a southwestern Pennsylvania congressional election that is rocking the political landscape ahead of the November midterm elections.

The Associated Press has not called the race. Unofficial returns show Lamb with a narrow lead over Republican Rick Saccone as absentee ballots are still being counted.

A Marine veteran, Lamb told supporters "it took a little longer than we thought, but we did it" and "Mission accepted."

Lamb thanked supporters for a team approach in the Republican-leaning district that President Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016. Trump campaign twice for Saccone.

The special election was needed to replace Republican Tim Murphy, who resigned in October.

Republican Rick Saccone says his campaign will be working through the night and into Wednesday.





http://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Lamb-declares-victory-in-special-House-race-476777163.html

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Fox News already prepping to spin the defeat of ‘Original Trump’ Saccone in Pennsylvania

Conservatives are prepping to spin a possible Republican loss in a district President Trump won by 20 points in 2016.

Centrist Democrat Conor Lamb is facing ultra-conservative Rick Saccone in a special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th district, which has been reliably red for 15 years. Polling shows Lamb has an advantage, even after Trump flew in for a Saturday night rally and dispatched his son to campaign hard for Saccone, who aligns himself closely with Trump and who has called himself “the original Trump.”

On Outnumbered, panelists debated what Saccone’s possible loss means. David Avella, a GOP strategist, said that this election has nothing to do with Trump—but that Trump should take credit if Saccone pulls it out.

“What does the outcome of this election say about the president?” Avella was asked.

“It says people in PA-18 people are going to choose between Rick Saccone and Conor Lamb, and we shouldn’t look way much to into this,” he said. “Everybody wants to say this election is about President Trump but you just herd Conor Lamb say it’s not about Trump.”

Avella was then asked what happens if Saccone wins—should Trump take a victory lap?

“He absolutely should take a victory lap!” Avella said.

Avella has help spinning from fellow-panelist Lisa Boothe.

“Look, there are more registered Democrats in the district than Republicans,” she said. “Conor Lamb is a strong candidate, Rick Saccone isn’t. Look at some of the debates. He’s had some messy moments.”

Watch them spin below—but take some dramamine, LOL




https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/watch-fox-news-already-prepping-spin-defeat-original-trump-saccone-pennsylvania/

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Telstar wrote:Fox News already prepping to spin the defeat of ‘Original Trump’ Saccone in Pennsylvania

Conservatives are prepping to spin a possible Republican loss in a district President Trump won by 20 points in 2016.

Centrist Democrat Conor Lamb is facing ultra-conservative Rick Saccone in a special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th district, which has been reliably red for 15 years. Polling shows Lamb has an advantage, even after Trump flew in for a Saturday night rally and dispatched his son to campaign hard for Saccone, who aligns himself closely with Trump and who has called himself “the original Trump.”

On Outnumbered, panelists debated what Saccone’s possible loss means. David Avella, a GOP strategist, said that this election has nothing to do with Trump—but that Trump should take credit if Saccone pulls it out.

“What does the outcome of this election say about the president?” Avella was asked.

“It says people in PA-18 people are going to choose between Rick Saccone and Conor Lamb, and we shouldn’t look way much to into this,” he said. “Everybody wants to say this election is about President Trump but you just herd Conor Lamb say it’s not about Trump.”

Avella was then asked what happens if Saccone wins—should Trump take a victory lap?

“He absolutely should take a victory lap!” Avella said.

Avella has help spinning from fellow-panelist Lisa Boothe.

“Look, there are more registered Democrats in the district than Republicans,” she said. “Conor Lamb is a strong candidate, Rick Saccone isn’t. Look at some of the debates. He’s had some messy moments.”


https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/watch-fox-news-already-prepping-spin-defeat-original-trump-saccone-pennsylvania/

It'll be interesting to see what the AM news shows say about it.

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The kids in America are piling outside their schools in protest, and it appears that there is a growing wave of folks who are not buying into the NRA and their political agenda. The American people are aghast with Trump, and the wave that is coming is probably the best thing that progressives have ever had hand delivered to them.

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Strong Performance by Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania Shakes Trump and G.O.P.


President Trump was hanging out here in the land of earthquakes, but he was 2,500 miles away from the tremor that really shook his party on Tuesday night.

While the president hobnobbed with wealthy donors in the exclusive enclave of Beverly Park, the voters in the suburbs south of Pittsburgh were in revolt, giving the Democratic candidate a narrow lead in a special election in Pennsylvania that was taking on outsize proportions.

Just as they did outside Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala., in December, and Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C., in November, energized and angry suburban voters were swamping the Trump stalwarts in the more rural parts of those regions, sending a clear message to Republicans around the country.

While Republican turnout in a district that Mr. Trump won by 20 percentage points was healthy, Democrats showed once again that they could tap unions and other traditionally friendly groups to get their voters out in droves. The N.A.A.C.P. helped win Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Alabama Senate seat for Doug Jones in December. Organized labor, once seen as fractured and feckless in the Trump era, gave the Democrat Conor Lamb his lead in Pennsylvania overnight.

Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate who wrapped himself in Mr. Trump’s cloak and drew the president to his district last weekend in a bid to rescue a faltering campaign, trailed Mr. Lamb, a former Marine seeking to show his party can compete even in red territory. Mr. Lamb held a lead of just 641 votes early Wednesday, with some absentee ballots still to be counted, but Democrats went ahead and claimed victory.

Whether Mr. Lamb holds on to win the House seat matters less than the fact that he was so competitive in the first place. The rebuke of Mr. Trump came from a part of western Pennsylvania that overwhelmingly supported him in 2016 and that typically would not seem likely to turn to a Democrat. The district is seen as so strongly Republican that the Democrats did not even field a candidate in recent years.




https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/us/politics/pennsylvania-congressional-race-conor-lamb-trump.html

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Unlike too many here I could give a hoot about what "party" wins an election. I'll go even further and state current incumbents need to be voted OUT since they have ALL proven to be incompetent little twits. The best candidate (regardless of party) should get the nod. Too bad there was no choice in the last presidential election, both final candidates were crap.

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If they were being taught critical thinking they would be protesting gun free zones.

If you want to be helpless then march down 8mi in Detroit or the southwest side of Chicago.

Feel free comrades.

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Telstar wrote:

My god, is she shallow, more concerned with appearance than substance.  She used to work at Fox, so it's no surprise.

No wonder Cuomo is moving to prime time, he probably wants to get away from her--he's intelligent and serious and she's dragging down his "brand".

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Trump is (hilariously) trying to take credit for this by claiming that Lamb "ran as a Republican," just because he holds a few views that aren't strictly Democratic-party usuals.

What he ran as was more of a centrist. And, thanks to all this radical RINO-bashing, there's no space left in the GOP for centrists. Which is why I vote Democrat. I don't particularly love Dems, I don't agree with some of their approaches to things, but we really get two choices and they're the only viable option left. Every year the Republican party purges a little more of everything that isn't ultra-hard-right, and every year the Democrats open their door to a little more things that are more centrist. Their old hardliners die out while the young people recognize the right-wing stuff just doesn't make sense. Their tent shrinks and our tent grows. Wonder how that long-game works out... Smile

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Even the tax cuts can't generate support. Slowly boil the frog in the pot and he won't even notice that he is dying. In this case the frog is boiling himself. Twisted Evil

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