Neck and Neck Fight in Pennsylvania Election As Final Outcome Awaited
Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone are locked in a neck and neck battle to decide who will represent Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.
The two are competing to replace Tim Murphy, who resigned last October.
After a long night of drama, the race is still too close to call. Lamb holds a slight lead over Saccone with 100% of the Election Day vote tallied, but absentee and provisional ballots are still being counted, according to CNN and the BBC. It would be a significant uphill climb for Saccone to overtake Lamb.
With votes counted in every precinct, Lamb has 49.8 percent – just ahead of Saccone (49.6 percent).
Lamb claimed victory in a speech to his supporters Tuesday night.
"It took a little longer than we thought, but we did it," he said. "You did it."
Saccone, however, said he isn't giving up.
"We are still fighting the fight. It's not over yet," Saccone told his supporters.
It's a bad sign for Republicans that the 18th District race is razor-tight. President Donald Trump won there by 20 percentage points in 2016, and GOP groups pumped $10.7 million into a months-long effort to stave off an embarrassing loss there. Lamb's performance is ominous for the GOP as it heads into November's midterm elections, according to a CNN report.
The president has visited the district twice during the campaign, while Republicans have spent millions of dollars to keep a firm Republican grasp on the seat.
The outcome could set the tone for November's mid-term elections, when Republicans will fight to keep majority in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate.
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