Paper Says Lamb Win Could Lead To Trump's Impeachment

Paper Says Lamb Win Could Lead To Trump's Impeachment

House Democrats are hopeful they can pull of their first major special election upset on Tuesday, steal a heavily Republican blue-collar seat and deepen the GOP's sense of dread over the upcoming midterm elections. That fact alone is bad news for Republicans, who have easily carried this suburban Pittsburgh district for years.

Saccone dismissed the polls, saying he has found voters to be supportive of him on the campaign trail.

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President Donald Trump tweeted about "steel and business" in a final push to sway voters and Donald Trump Jr., visiting a candy-making business, touted Republican Rick Saccone as someone who will be "helping fight with my father" for jobs to come back from overseas. But the conservative is no political outsider.

Donald Trump won the 18th Congressional District by 20 points against Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election. Lamb, 33, a former assistant USA attorney, also supports student loan reform.

Lamb, a 33-year-old Marine veteran and former prosecutor, has positioned himself as more representative of the district than Saccone, a 60-year-old state lawmaker. Though he's running primarily on issues including labor and fighting the opioid epidemic, he's been pressed about his stance on abortion. If Lamb wins, Democrats will claim their candidates can run and win anywhere in the country - even ruby-red Trump districts - which will boost their odds in retaking control of the House this fall.

"When added to a potential Democratic surge that has been building for weeks, Lamb appears to have picked off enough Republican-leaning voters to take a lead going into this contest's final weekend", said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray. "It's not one that you learn in Catholic school or anywhere else in the church", he told the Weekly Standard. Former Vice President Joe Biden stumped for Lamb four days earlier.

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"John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Donald Trump all won Pennsylvania's 18th district by at least 15 points, so the fact that this race is neck-and-neck clarifies that this tax scam is a political liability. It would mark an extraordinary swing from Trump's almost 20 point victory here in 2016 if he could hold on to win", said Murray. In a way, he's right.

But the rest of the district is composed of more rural areas that strongly support gun rights, including parts of Washington, Greene, and Westmoreland Counties. The president repeatedly reminisced about his election, when Pennsylvania helped put him over the top after decades of landing in the Democrats' column. It's about 93% white and only about 36.5% of the population graduated from college. He raised $918,000 through February 21 compared with $3.9 million for Lamb, Federal Election Commission reports show.

"We're very concerned about this race", one national Republican involved in the campaign told TPM.

Saccone is pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-Trump conservative whose support for the GOP tax cuts, strengthening the military, and increasing border security closely with the president's views. "Lamb seems to have connected with them", said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Manley pointed to the string of special elections and governor's races that have gone the way of Democrats in recent months.

But while both sides have decided that the race is worth digging deep into their pocketbooks, the fact remains that, unlike Virginia and part of Georgia where candidates also went head to head past year, this area in Pennsylvania voted solidly and overwhelmingly Republican in 2016. The Democrat raked in over $3.3 million for the special election, while Saccone brought in about $703,000, according to federal filings.

Saccone worked as a television news anchor in South Korea, earned a doctorate in global affairs, and worked as a college political science professor.

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