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In test for Trump, Pennsylvania election goes down to wire

  • Source:www.channelnewsasia.com
  • Date:2018-03-14 05:21

WASHINGTON: Pennsylvania voters went to the polls on Tuesday (Mar 13) in a special election widely seen as a major test for President Donald Trump and a Republican Party fighting to maintain its control of the US Congress.

Democrat Conor Lamb, a former federal prosecutor and US Marine officer, has run a surprisingly strong race against Republican state representative Rick Saccone as they battle to fill a vacant congressional seat for District 18, the working-class southwestern corner of the Keystone State.

Turnout appeared to be high for a special election, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, citing poll workers.

Trump, who won the district by more than 20 points in his 2016 presidential race, endorsed Saccone and made an 11th hour campaign stop with the candidate.

But Lamb's unexpectedly strong performance in Trump country - the race was considered a toss-up going into Tuesday - underscored the challenges that Republicans face as they prepare to defend their majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives in November's all-important mid-term elections.

The party occupying the Oval Office tends to lose seats in the first mid-terms after winning the presidency.

  • Source:www.channelnewsasia.com
  • Date:2018-03-14 05:21
Key Words:Saccone,Tuesday,Lamb,Trump,Pennsylvania
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