Pennsylvania election to be a test of pre-midterm Democratic appeal

Pennsylvania election to be a test of pre-midterm Democratic appeal

Trump also said that the country should discuss having drug dealers face the death penalty, as they do in China and elsewhere because they are responsible for thousands of deaths. It would follow Democratic victories previous year in a special Senate election in solidly Republican Alabama, as well as wins in Virginia, New Jersey and a handful of state races in other parts of the country. 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. Donald Trump won the district by a margin of nearly 20 points in the presidential election and has campaigned enthusiastically for Mr Saccone. Playing to baby boomers and even older voters - a key part of midterm electorates - he says Republicans will use exploding deficits as an excuse to cut Social Security and Medicare.

"The world is watching", Trump said.

Saccone has tried to excite voters by embracing Trump. The best they have done is shave the Republican victory margins. A narrow win would still be alarming.

"A near win shows you we're over-performing in these districts - this is an R+11 district, we're not supposed to be competitive here", said Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA). Other recent polls have shown the race as being similarly close.

The longer-term prize is the House of Representatives.

Second, take a look at how the ancestrally Democratic regions break.

Republicans, who've dumped about $8 million into the Saccone campaign compared to the less than $400,000 Democrats gave Lamb, are hoping to avoid an outcome like Roy Moore's failed Senate run in Alabama previous year.

As a former Marine and federal prosecutor, he carries military and law-and-order bona fides.

Some Democrats are still trying to portray the triumph of Doug Jones, the new Democratic senator in deep-red Alabama, as the harbinger of a liberal future in the Deep South, but what Mr. Jones actually accomplished was to demonstrate that a Democrat could sometimes defeat a Republican if he could run against a Republican credibly accused of molesting teenage girls. A proposed redistricting map drawn by the state Supreme Court shows the 14th District swallowing much of the territory now occupied by the 18th.

Trump will likely promote his new tariffs on steel and aluminum, which are popular in the district in the heart of steel country. The race pits Republican Rick Saccone against Democratic nominee Carter Lamb.

"When added to a potential Democratic surge that has been building for weeks, Lamb appears to have picked off enough Republican-leaning voters to take a lead going into this contest's final weekend", said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray. "That's the kind of candidate, the kind of campaign, that Democrats might try to imitate moving forward".

The president even touted how if he met Lamb, Saccone might be angry.

The administration expressed support for new programs to train and arm school personnel to fight back in a shooter situation and called on states to implement "Extreme Risk Protection Orders", which allow law enforcement to obtain a court order to confiscate firearms from individuals "who are a demonstrated threat to themselves or others".

He says Democrats are "throwing everything they can at this race" because it's a rare open seat.

Former Republican Rep. Tim Murphy had represented the area.

GOP and Trump-aligned groups have spent more than $10 million to prop up Saccone and have painted Lamb as a lackey of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California and weak on immigration.

Nearby in this upper-middle-class enclave outside Pittsburgh, engineer Carol Heinecke, 57, offered another absolute reason for supporting Saccone: President Donald Trump. The voters apparently didn't know they weren't part of the 18th District, or that no election was taking place in their district.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday pushed back at the suggestion that Trump had "chickened out" on gun policy. "He's such a solid candidate, so why take away from that?" In an hour, just two people came to answer the door. The 18th is the heart of steel country where almost everyone knows someone who worked in the industry.

Whoever wins on March 13th will have only a short time to savour his victory.

"Is there going to be a blue wave of discontent?"

Playing to fiscal moderates, he says future generations with inherit more debt. It was the ideal example of how demagoguery can cause people to lose their moorings as they became swept up in the frenzy of a political rally.

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