The Craziest Thing About The Pennsylvania Special Election Isn't Even Who Won

The Craziest Thing About The Pennsylvania Special Election Isn't Even Who Won

The district Lamb won, Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, will cease to exist in its current form due to redistricting mandated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, who ruled the current map too gerrymandered.

Republican dominance had been so strong in the district, a patchwork of small towns, farms and Pittsburgh suburbs, that Democrats ran no candidates in the previous two U.S. House elections here.

Democrat Conor Lamb narrowly defeated Republican Rick Saccone - by 627 votes out of 228,378 counted - in a district held by Republican Tim Murphy since 2003. Eight said they hadn't made up their mind, and the rest of the pack declined to comment or didn't respond.

"Republicans have used her as a political piñata", said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. Most of them, including numerous party's top recruits, have declined to say whether they would support her.

Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy noted that the district had more registered Democrats than Republicans.

"Leader Pelosi is one of my political heroes", Levin said Thursday. But in November, control of the House will be at stake. The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, along with the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund, spent millions in the race trying to tie Lamb to Pelosi. A former Marine, he ran an ad showing him shooting an AR-15 and recently said that new gun laws aren't the answer to preventing more mass shootings at schools. (He speaks Korean and has a public and worldwide affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.) Losing a district that was lopsided in favor of Trump was all Saccone's fault. "We need to move in a different direction". It's also possible that a Democrat who was either from a less famously progressive locale than San Francisco, or not female, would be less threatening to some socially conservative voters. They to communicate that they believe in fairness for workers, and that middle class Americans are the engine of growth in the economy, not wealthy corporations.

"Dave hasn't thought about that yet", said Paige Hutchinson, the campaign manager for state party-endorsed professor Dave Min, who's also running against Walters.

"Both these people, both candidates ran as conservative - ran as pro-gun, pro-life, anti-Nancy Pelosi conservatives", said Ryan. "Now more than ever, candidates and campaigns matter".

"They can't win on an issue, so they go after a person". The latter are "looking backwards", she said.

Unlike elections for minority leader where she only needed a simple majority of the caucus to be elected, Pelosi will ultimately need 218 votes on the floor to be elected speaker. Like all of the elections between now and the midterms, today is a little bit important as a gauge of the public's mood. The fact that Lamb won shows that Republicans are incredibly vulnerable, even in Republican controlled districts.

Lamb, however, has declared victory in the race. Voters rejected it in favor of a Democrat who didn't always sound like a Democrat.

But when someone wins an election by such a small margin, every issue matters.

With chaos swirling in the White House, Trump's approval rating under water, and a special prosecutor investigating potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, Democrats are counting on a domino effect at the polls to send them back to power in Congress. There's a long time between now and the congressional elections in November. It would appear that if the Democrats should win both houses, that's exactly what they will do, but, they need both houses.

The danger for Democrats is that they'll be seen as campaigning for impeachment, contrary to Pelosi's warnings, and as echoing the sentiments expressed by Hillary Clinton this week on her book promotion tour in India. "That's been my mantra, the poor children in America that I'm here to support".

Bobby Bliatout, CA22: "Voters are exhausted of the same business as usual approach, and they want new leaders with new ideas ..." I'll stand up to whoever is against that because I know that's what the people want.

He also eschewed any attacks on those who supported Trump in the district.



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