In Pennsylvanias Trump country, a surging Democrat takes House race down to the wire

In Pennsylvania\s Trump country, a surging Democrat takes House race down to the wire
GOP seeks to stave off big Dem upset
In Pennsylvanias special election for a U.S. House seat on Tuesday, both parties are road testing tactics they want to deploy in Novembers midterm elections.

But the peculiar politics of the state, whose congressional map will be different in the fall, make it difficult for either party to carry the spoils of Tuesdays election into the next vote.

Margaret Vines, 48, of Mt. Lebanon, voted for Saccone but thought Lamb had the better shot of winning. Vines said she hoped the race is close and that the two parties win near equal seats in the upcoming midterms. She worried that nothing would get done if either party had a big majority.

PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 9: Conor Lamb, Democratic Congressional candidate for Pennsylvanias 18th district, takes photos with supporters after he spoke at rally at the United Steelworkers Building, March 9, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CREDIT: Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images MT. LEBANON, PENNSYLVANIA — Maria O’Matz got to skip school Tuesday. The high school sophomore instead spent the day knocking on doors in a last minute push for Democrat Conor Lamb, who is on the ballot in Tuesday’s special election to replace Rep. Tim Murphy (R).

Cecil Roberts, left, president of the United Mine Workers, lifts up Democratic candidate Conor Lambs hand as the crowd erupts in cheers and chants Sunday during a rally at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg, Pa.

GOP, conservative groups have spent $10 million-plus on the PA-18 special election

It’s O’Matz’s first time volunteering for a political campaign, though she has worked with a group called Girl Gov lobbying for comprehensive sex ed in Pennsylvania’s schools, among other issues, in the past.

The Washington Post reports ex-spokesman James Schwab said Monday his resignation stemmed from statements by Homan and Sessions that potentially hundreds of criminal aliens evaded ICE during a Northern California raid in February because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned the immigrant community in advance. Schwab said he pushed back on that characterization, but said ICE told him to deflect questions from media. I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didnt agree with that. Then I took some time and I quit, he told the San Francisco Chronicle.
GOP seeks to stave off big Dem upset
GOP seeks to stave off big Dem upset

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