The Pennsylvania special election on Tuesday, in a red House district, has evolved into the latest test of whether Democrats can make inroads with voters who supported Donald J. Trump for president.
In 2016, Mr. Trump won the district by double digits, but the race between Conor Lamb, a moderate Democrat, and Rick Saccone, a Republican, has become unexpectedly competitive. Mr. Lamb could score an upset over Mr. Saccone, a Trump ally, if he can pair strong Democratic turnout in Allegheny County with crossover support from conservative-leaning towns in Washington and Greene Counties.
Whoever wins will have to decide soon which district to run in this year. The State Supreme Court threw out Pennsylvania’s current congressional map and recently issued a new map with redrawn boundaries. Tim Murphy, a Republican, resigned from the seat last year after reports that he encouraged a woman, with whom he had an affair, to have an abortion. Polls closed at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Here’s what to watch for.
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Publish date : 2018-03-14 00:55:05