Team Trump faces tight Pennsylvania race

Team Trump faces tight Pennsylvania race
From CBC - March 13, 2018

Working-class voters across western Pennsylvania on Tuesday are weighing in on a surprisingly tight congressional contest that has pitted the strength of U.S. President Donald Trump's grasp on blue-collar America against the energy and anger of the political left.

The fight between Republican state Rep.Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb has drawn national attention as a bellwether for the midterm election in November.

'This did not have much to do with President Trump.' CandidateConorLamb

In a region Trump carried by 20 points, the White House has scrambled to rally voters behind Saccone, who cast himself as the president's "wingman," but has struggled at times to connect with the blue-collar coalition that fuelled Trump's victory little more than a year ago.

Lamb, a 33-year old Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor, downplayed his opposition to the Republican president on Tuesday and insisted instead that the race hinged on local issues.

"This did not have much to do with President Trump," Lamb said after casting his vote in suburban Pittsburgh.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. ET.

The election has far greater political consequences as each party prepares for the November midterm elections.

For the White House and its Republican allies, a Tuesday loss would represent both a profound embarrassment and major cause for concern in the broader push to defend its House and Senate majorities.

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