Politics DCCC declares victory in Pa. special election despite race being too close to call

06:41  14 march  2018
06:41  14 march  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ( DCCC ), the House Democrats' campaign arm, declared victory in Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania , even as experts declared the race too close to call .

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House Democrats' campaign arm, declared victory in Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania, even as experts declared the race too close to call.

"I want to congratulate Conor Lamb and his team of grassroots supporters on an incredible victory. I'm excited to have Conor as a colleague and look forward to working with him on critical issues facing our country," DCCC chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luj n (D-N.M.) said in a statement.

Democrat Conor Lamb held an 847-vote lead over Republican Rick Saccone with nearly all votes counted late Tuesday night in the special election for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District. More absentee votes from GOP-leaning areas have not yet been counted, but it's unclear whether those absentees will cut the gap.

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With NBC News and other news organizations still saying the PA special election is too close to call , Democrat Conor Lamb declared victory over Republican

The Associated Press deemed the race too close to call shortly before 11:30 p.m.

The National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) pushed back on the DCCC victory claims, saying they expect Saccone to pull through once all the votes are counted.

"This race is too close to call and we're ready to ensure that every legal vote is counted. Once they are, we're confident Rick Saccone will be the newest Republican member of Congress," NRCC communications director Matt Gorman said in a statement.

Republicans are hoping to stave off a Democratic upset in the western Pennsylvania district that President Trump won by nearly 20 points in the 2016 election.

The special election was necessitated after longtime Rep. Tim Murphy (R), who is strongly anti-abortion, resigned in October amid allegations he asked a woman he was having an affair with to get an abortion.

Lujan on Tuesday touted the race as an indicator that Democrats will compete with Republicans in midterm races across the country.

"These results should terrify Republicans," he said.

"There are more than one hundred districts more favorable for Democrats than this one and we look forward to competing hard in every single one," he added.

Pelosi: Conor Lamb's win wasn't because he criticized my leadership .
Nancy Pelosi doesn't think that Democrat Conor Lamb's disavowal of her in his special election race aided his apparent victory in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District. "I don't think that that really had that much impact on the race," the California Democrat said at her weekly press conference Thursday. "He won. If we hadn't won, you might have a question, but we won — the 'D' next to his name was very significant."Lamb presented himself as a Pelosi critic during the race.

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