Republicans struggle to salvage congressional seat in Pennsylvania

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Republicans struggle to salvage congressional seat in Pennsylvania | Reuters Discover Thomson ReutersFinancialGovernment SolutionsLegalReuters News AgencyRisk Management SolutionsTax & AccountingInnovation @ Thomson ReutersDirectory of sitesLoginContactSupportWorldBusinessMarketsPoliticsTVMyanmarCERAWeekBrexitNorth KoreaEarningsFuture of MoneyBreakingviewsPoliticsRepublicans struggle to salvage congressional seat in PennsylvaniaDavid Morgan7 Min ReadDemocrat Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor, is in a dead heat with Republican state Representative Rick Saccone in Tuesday’s special election for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that Republicans have held since 2003. The race is seen as a referendum on Trump and a harbinger for November’s congressional midterm elections, according to pollsters and party insiders who say the moderate Democrat could emerge as a model for Democratic candidates in other competitive House districts that Trump carried in 2016. “The Democrats have nominated the ideal candidate, because he fits the profile of the electorate. If they’d nominated a liberal who allowed the campaign to become nationalized, it would be over by now,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “If he wins, or even if he just comes close, he is a model for Democrats in competitive Trump districts nationally.” Trump won the district, in southwest Pennsylvania, by nearly 20 points in 2016. Republican dominance has been so strong here that Democrats ran no candidates in the last two U.S. House elections, even though state voter registration records show Democrats outnumbering Republicans.

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