GOP Pours Cash Into Pennsylvania Special Election To Prevent An Upset Defeat

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

The 18th District is typically a GOP stronghold having shown up red for fifteen years and with Murphy running unopposed in both 2014 and 2016. Democrat Conor Lamb has proven to be a stellar candidate.

Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone is getting more support from the First Family.

The latest Gallup polls show that just 55 per cent in the U.S. are in favor of the death penalty for murder - a decline from recent decades, but higher than the historic lows in the 1960s. Bob Casey (D-PA) told TPM.

At least for one more day, the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania are alive with the sound of campaign cash.

Republican National Committee deployed staffers to knock on doors. "The enthusiasm's certainly there for Democrats". America is a nation where drugs could be viewed as a problem on the street level and when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry. In his latest political rant in Pennsylvania, Trump took aim at drug dealers. But Saccone has struggled with his own fundraising, is a union foe and hasn't run as aggressive a campaign as Lamb, prompting criticism from Republicans in Washington who quietly concede Lamb is a stronger candidate.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's conservative editorial board this weekend complimented Lamb as "an impressive young man", but warned that he could become part of a Democratic majority that would try to impeach Trump.

A Gravis poll last week gave Republican candidate Rick Saccone a three-point lead in the contest, while an Emerson poll put Democrat Conor Lamb up by the same margin. But Trump risked another embarrassing defeat after backing Republican Roy Moore in last December's Alabama Senate election, only to watch Moore lose a seat his party had held since 1997. Their closing spots have been culture war attacks on sanctuary cities and accusing him of being soft on crime based on misleading attacks on his record as a prosecutor, though Pelosi remains an element of their attacks. They and their allies have spent $10.3 million, versus $1.7 million by pro-Lamb entities.

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"The people of Pittsburgh can not be conned by this guy Lamb", Trump said, dismissing Lamb's efforts to run as a moderate Democrat. "I'm not going to do any Wednesday morning quarterbacking until Wednesday".

A key difference between Murphy and Saccone: Murphy tended to have labor union support.

During the event, the president also veered off into a list of other topics, including North Korea, his distaste for the news media, and his own election victory 16 months ago.

According to the Guardian, he began the segment by praising the criminal justice system in China - and even said he got the idea for the "discussion" from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Should Lamb win, it would be another indication of a hard road ahead for the GOP in this year's midterms. Their investment comes despite the fact that the district as now drawn will cease to exist by this November because of a gerrymandering case that requires the state's districts be redrawn. Following a suit from the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters, the state Supreme Court struck down the old district map as a partisan gerrymandering.

Saccone, has received almost $10.3 million support from super PACs and outside groups, including $3.3 million from the House-aligned super-PAC called the Congressional Leadership Fund and $3.5 million from the official election arm of the House Republican conference. It's what he said he was going to do and it needs to be done.

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