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5 things to know about today's special election in western Pennsylvania

5 things to know about today's special election in western Pennsylvania

The latest polling shows Lamb leading Saccone by 6 points in the Pittsburgh-area district, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE won by almost 20 points in 2016.

In four polls taken in the district this month, Lamb led in three of them, though the spread in all four was within the margin of error.

President Donald Trump won the district by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.

Polls suggest Democrat Conor Lamb could well pull an upset Tuesday over Republican Rick Saccone.

The seat opened last October when Republican Tim Murphy resigned amid a sex scandal.

"He's not on the ticket in 2018, he is not on the ticket tomorrow, people have to realize in many ways he is, because all of his accomplishments, all of what he has gotten done, all of the winning they are now getting used to can all go away" if voters don't show up in House races, the president's eldest son said.

Several members of the Trump administration and family have campaigned on behalf of Saccone. Conor Lamb is the Democrat challenging Republican Rick Saccone for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Saccone has been a union foe at the statehouse - a break from the union-friendly Murphy, whose labor backing was a key reason Democrats couldn't topple him.

They had convinced themselves the Lone Star State would herald GOP doom in the November midterms, but the Texas tsunami was barely a ripple. Democrat Conor Lamb was drawn into the district held by Republican Keith Rothfus, and Republican Rick Saccone's hometown is in the borders of a seat represented by Democrat Mike Doyle.

They are already pointing the finger at Republican Rick Saccone, who many feel has been an inferior candidate.

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Saccone ran on Trump's agenda - he told USA TODAY he would be the president's "wingman" in Washington - and the president and top Republicans rewarded him by coming to Pennsylvania for rallies and campaign events. The fact that Saccone reportedly made no effort to reach out to these voters, either by running a get-out-the-vote operation or even by attempting to dress the part, didn't help either.

"He's a little more my style, a little more moderate", Konick, a 51-year-old Jefferson Hills resident, said of the Democratic candidate.

According to state election officials, there are two methods for seeking a recount under state law. He said his life has changed dramatically since his father won the presidency.

Wilson, a 74-year-old real estate agent from Robinson Township, said she likes Saccone because "he has the same views I do" in opposing abortion and the need to fight the opioid crisis.

"This is a big time blue collar area and Rick Saccone relates to blue collar people", Valente said. If Saccone loses, GOP forces will insist it's his fault. I was looking at the rally last night, and this guy is wearing French cuffs in Pennsylvania!

He pairs those tacks with Democratic Party orthodoxy on the new GOP tax law, hammering it as a giveaway to corporations at the certain future expense of Social Security, Medicare and the nation's fiscal security.

Lamb answered the criticism by saying he wouldn't support Pelosi as floor leader, much less as speaker if the Democrats should retake control of the House. And he has clearly avoided a campaign based on attacking Trump, who remains popular in the district, especially in southwestern counties, home to the steel and coal industries.

The AFL-CIO counts 87,000 voters from union households - around a fifth of the electorate.

Then there are the union members who want to save their jobs and think Lamb is the candidate who will look out for them because Saccone has defended "right to work" laws. "I said, 'I got $90". Trump had appeared at a rally for Saccone over the weekend.


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