Trump stumps for Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania

Trump stumps for Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania

U.S. President Donald Trump visited Western Pennsylvania on Saturday night to stump for state Rep. Rick Saccone ahead of a special election on Tuesday.

Democrats will count keeping the race there competitive as a victory, even if their candidate, Conor Lamb, loses: Murphy won the district handily in previous campaigns (he ran unopposed in 2014 and 2016), and Trump won there by nearly 20 points.

Trump largely spent the rally touting his own achievements instead of discussing the candidate, but did endorse Saccone.

Lamb pitches himself as independent-minded, and his varying views have earned him support in the Pittsburgh region.

"The people of Pittsburgh can not be conned by this guy Lamb", Trump said, dismissing Lamb's efforts to run as a moderate Democrat.

Likewise, if Lamb outperformed Clinton in the most heavily Democratic areas and most Republican areas, and, for the purposes of debate, took 72 percent of the vote in the bluest areas where Clinton only took 56 percent and 41 percent in the reddest areas where Clinton only took 26 percent, that would still only get Lamb within nine points.

"Rick is going to vote for us all the time", Trump also said ahead of Tuesday's election, emphasizing again that a Democrat like Lamb could not be trusted to back Trump's agenda fully. They just can't be lazy.

"This guy should win easily, and he's going to win easily".

Lamb mostly stayed away from the cameras Monday, spending his final day knocking on doors in suburbs and small-towns outside Pittsburgh.

The race could signal how much help Trump can provide Republican congressional candidates trying to keep control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in midterm elections next November.

Kansas' 4th district, vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, was won by Republican Rep. Ron Estes.

President Donald Trump hosted a campaign event in support of Saccone Saturday in Moon Township.

Lamb, 33, is a Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor from an established political family.

Eventually, Trump turned the speech over to Saccone, after delivering some barbs at his Democratic opponent, Connor Lamb.

A key difference between Murphy and Saccone: Murphy tended to have labor union support.

"It's all coming back", Trump told several thousand cheering supporters.

"Lamb will always vote for Pelosi and Dems...." Also, tough on crime & border.

Lamb, however, keeps to party orthodoxy on unions. He mentioned the latest monthly jobs report, overall job gains since Election Day in 2016, milestones in black and Hispanic unemployment achieved since he took office, stock market gains and the GOP tax cuts enacted late previous year.

"One thing Conor Lamb has done is appeal to moderate voters while maintaining enthusiasm among the Democratic base", said Mike Mukis, a Democratic consultant from the 18th District.

President Donald Trump says he's decided on a slogan for his 2020 re-election campaign. "It doesn't matter, we will impeach him'".

Bancroft, who recently retired as a nurse practitioner, is a registered Democrat in Washington County, but Lamb managed to attract her Republican husband, as well. I don't know if that's unpopular. "But he is fair-minded, analytical, reasoned". And the former eight-term incumbent, Tim Murphy, never had a close election, and didn't even have a Democratic challenger in his last two elections. All five of these seats were previously held by Republicans. Touring the candy-maker, he greeted workers and urged them to vote.

"Trump's message works well in the vast majority of Republican districts, less so in suburban districts that lean Republican", said Republican strategist John Feehery. "So I'm ready. I'm ready for tomorrow".

Levy reported from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

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