Election day is here in Pennsylvania, where Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone are squaring off for a House seat in a special election that’s being closely watched for what it could say about November’s midterms.
Republicans are scrambling to stave off a Democratic upset in the western Pennsylvania district that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE won by nearly 20 points in the 2016 election. A loss by Saccone, a state legislator, would send shockwaves through the political world and raise fears whether the GOP can hang on to its House majority.
Polls on the eve of the election found Lamb, a former federal prosecutor, leading Saccone. Democrats are hoping that a victory, or even a narrow loss, in the solidly Republican district will give more credibility to the idea that Democrats are about to take back the House in a wave election — and maybe prompt a few Republicans to retire instead of running for reelection.
The winner of the special election will fill out the remainder of ex-Rep. Tim MurphyTim MurphyTrump to Pa. GOP: Challenge congressional map all the way to Supreme Court Pennsylvania Supreme Court releases new congressional map Dems don’t plan to put more money into heated Pa. race MORE’s (R) term through November. Murphy, a vocal opponent of abortion rights, resigned from the seat last October after reports that he asked his mistress to have an abortion.
The Hill will be providing live updates, including details from on the ground in Pennsylvania. Polls close at 8 p.m. EST.