Republicans sound the alarm after close Pennsylvania special election

Source: Washington Examiner | March 14, 2018 | David M. Drucker

House Republican leaders will warn their colleagues Wednesday that they need to prepare for a Democratic wave in the midterm elections, in light of the special election in Pennsylvania that allowed a young Democrat to claim victory in a district that President Trump won by 20 points in 2016.

Moderate Democrat Conor Lamb appears to have defeated Republican state Sen. Rick Saccone in the 18th Congressional District by just 641 votes, with all precincts reporting but with more than 1,000 absentee ballots still outstanding.

But even if Saconne had pulled it out, Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, was planning to use the outcome as a warning to the many House Republicans that leaders fear are ill prepared for a tough midterm environment shaping up as a backlash against the White House.


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