District 18 congressional race could see upset by Democrats

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Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate in the special election for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, reportedly accused the Democratic party of being galvanized by "hatred for our country" and "hatred for God", during a rally in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania on Monday.

Pennsylvania Republican voter Carol Thomas, who says she is backing GOP candidate Rick Saccone in this Tuesday's special congressional election, told CNN on Monday that she believes the president's weekend rally would actually make it more hard for Republicans to hold the seat.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says reporters should pay less attention to President Donald Trump's rally speeches and more attention to his policies. Democrat Conor Lamb has proven to be a stellar candidate. Tump said, "I knew her weakness and would love to run against Oprah".

Trump stumped alongside Saccone on Saturday, blasting "Lamb the sham" and pushing for support of Saccone because "the world is watching".

The district - whose previous congressman, Republican Tim Murphy, resigned after a personal scandal - is under the microscope.

But the outcome promises to reverberate well beyond the suburbs, small towns and rural swaths that surround Pittsburgh in a region known for its once-dominant steel and coal concerns. If Saccone wins, Republicans will argue they can keep the House even with the president's low approval ratings and the consistent flow of chaos and controversies that come out of the Trump White House.

Lamb, a former federal prosecutor, is running as a centrist Democrat.

Representative Joe Kennedy III, the Democrat from Brookline, also endorsed Lamb and traveled to his field office last month (although local media chided Lamb for keeping the event quiet and telling reporters he had no public events that day, only to discover Lamb had tweeted a photo of them together).

That is when Republican nominee Rick Saccone and Donald Trump Jr. arrived at Sarris Candies. Lamb, 33, a former assistant US attorney, also supports student loan reform.

House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to calm jitters Wednesday suggesting that Conor Lamb ran as a'conservative' and that in a normal cycle Democrats would select a liberal loser in redder districts
District 18 congressional race could see upset by Democrats

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the national group that works to elect Democrats to the House, on Sunday said: "Make no mistake: This race is a referendum on Trump's presidency".

A college professor and former Air Force counterintelligence officer, Saccone won an endorsement from the influential Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper, which praised his greater experience and knowledge of the district. "He's never going to vote for us", the president said.

Fearful of a loss, Republicans are downplaying expectations and trashing Saccone as a candidate.

Moulton, however, has criticized the Democratic Party's candidate recruitment efforts and has called on the party to find a "new generation of leaders" who are more likely to break the establishment mold.

Republicans see the president's plans to impose steel and aluminum import tariffs as a way to generate enough enthusiasm among Trump's blue-collar supporters to counteract the energy of Lamb's backers.

"They say the other side is energized", Saccone reportedly said.

While the district has just over 500,000 registered voters, U.S. Labor Department statistics show that metal production accounts for less than 10,000 jobs.

He blasts the new Republican tax law as a gift to the wealthy and a threat to Social Security and Medicare. As a Catholic, Lamb has said he opposes abortion personally throughout the campaign, though he is not suggesting he would vote for anti-abortion legislation. Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters.

According to Kimball, voter participation varies widely in special elections, and can drop below 30 percent in off-year elections. Registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans by nearly a four-to-three ratio in a district where gun rights are a high priority, and Democrats still hold some local offices.

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