Trump went all in previous year, backing Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the Alabama special election, only for Moore to lose in historic fashion to a Democrat.
As to why no Democrat challenged US Rep. Tim Murphy in 2014 and 2016, that's easy. "So when some so-called news organizations says they've got an anonymous source that says Republicans are throwing me under the bus, I say that's unfair journalism and fake news".
Lamb, meanwhile, has excited core Democrats and aimed for independents and moderate Republicans.
"There is no doubt that Mr. Lamb has benefited from running against a lackluster opponent", the Times's editorial board wrote, but noted that "without a serious Democratic challenger, Mr. Saccone might have coasted to victory" in the special election. Saccone is also a former Air Force Officer and civilian employee with the U.S. Army in Iraq, and highlights a diplomatic mission to North Korea in the early 2000s as one of the high points of his career.
A Democratic upset in a district where the party didn't even field a candidate in the last two congressional elections would be another sign that their bnn's daily voting base is motivated and that Trump most ardent backers aren't as enthusiastic when he's not on the ballot.
In the wake of the nationwide debate following the shootings in Parkland, Fla. last month, both candidates iterated similar positions on guns in their first debate.
During the same period, Lamb's campaign spent $2.9 million while Saccone's campaign spent a little over $600,000.
"This is a big time blue collar area and Rick Saccone relates to blue collar people", Valente said.
Democrat Conor Lamb has voted in Pennsylvania's special election for the 18th Congressional District. He advocates for building upon the successes of the ACA and fixing what isn't working.
Health care: Lamb criticized the GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare and called for bipartisan efforts to stabilize its markets.
Some Republican operatives, speaking on condition of anonymity, have been laying part of the blame on Saccone's skills as a campaigner. The issue has been used in campaign ads and has been one of the central arguments in debates. That's especially true since Lamb has been clear that he will not vote for Pelosi as leader.
The administration expressed support for new programs to train and arm school personnel to fight back in a shooter situation and called on states to implement "Extreme Risk Protection Orders", which allow law enforcement to obtain a court order to confiscate firearms from individuals "who are a demonstrated threat to themselves or others".
Lamb has stood steadfast in his opposition of the tax bill despite the attacks, criticizing it for adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit and, rather than calling the tax cuts "crumbs", refers to them as a "betrayal of the middle class".
Republicans on the House Intelligence committee announced Monday they were wrapping up their yearlong investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after finding no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Lamb suggested that the tariffs should be limited to "bad actors" like China to spare allies, and both said it would level the worldwide trade playing field.
"They're energized for hate for our president", Saccone told supporters crowded into a local western Pennsylvania firehouse Monday night, with Donald Trump Jr.by his side, NBC News reports. If Democrats lose, they'll point to the district's history and call a close race a win for them anyway (though Democrats have flipped 39 state legislative seats since Trump took office, they haven't been able to do it for a congressional seat). There are about 80,000 union members in the district, and the steelworkers set out to talk to all of them, Waters said.