Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Pennsylvania Republicans Warn Trump to 'Stay Away' During Mid-Terms

Democrat Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old Marine veteran and former prosecutor, holds a slight lead among likely voters over Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone, a Monmouth University poll released on the eve of the 18th District election shows.

President Trump in campaign form setting his sight on 2020, unveiling a new slogan 'Keep America great!'.

Particularly worrying for Republicans is that Lamb has managed to parry the attacks they've hoped will work across the map. But Lamb, deflecting attempts to call him a lackey for Nancy Pelosi, says he won't support the liberal San Franciscan to remain House Democratic leader.

A lackluster performance, on the other hand, could reveal the limits of Moulton's ability to sway voters in conservative districts and tap into anti-Trump energy.

"It's about time that Democrat candidates get back to our roots", says Pennsylvania Rep. Pam Snyder, a Democrat in the state legislature.

During a recent campaign speech, Moulton said Lamb should go to Washington because he's willing to take on members of his own party who "just aren't getting it done". If Lamb can replicate that in Pennsylvania, he stands a good chance of winning.

Outside money has played less of a role on Lamb's behalf. "And this guy can really help me".

Lamb's district, Pennsylvania's 18th, voted for Donald Trump by 20 percentage points more than Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

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Thompson represents Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District and on Saturday, he joined President Trump at a rally in Moon Township near Pittsburgh. Trump said he's accomplished a lot.

Republicans have suffered major losses during Trump's presidency, including a blowout in the Virginia gubernatorial race and a loss in Alabama's Senate race.

TRUMP: They're saying Obama, Obama, Obama. And the race couldn't be tighter, a warning sign for the GOP no matter who wins given the deeply populist-conservative nature of Pittsburgh's suburbs and exurbs.

"Obviously I'm here campaigning for Rick Saccone in the special election in PA18".

Voters in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District will head to the polls on Tuesday in a special election seen as a crucial test of the Republican Party's political strength ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. "It's clear people want an alternative to Trump". This is a small, in many respects, a small special election.

Vice President Mike Pence, Donald Trump Jr., top White House aide Kellyanne Conway and other senior Republicans visited the district, too.

Trump said Republicans should not "rest on their [2016] victories" and get out and vote for people like Saccone and in the 2018 midterms.

According to a March poll from the Pew Research Center, 62 percent of millennials said they would prefer the Democrat on a generic ballot, compared to 29 percent who would prefer the Republican candidate.

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Lamb has vowed not to vote to back Pelosi if he is elected to Congress and has taken several other moderate positions. Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for him in early March.

Lamb opposes any kind of assault weapon ban, a stance he reiterated in the aftermath of last month's Parkland school shooting.

For his part, Saccone was thrilled to have the president's help.

Trump spoke at a rally on the outskirts of Pittsburgh in the state of Pennsylvania on Saturday.

The longer-term prize is the House of Representatives. He also has a military background, having served in the Air Force. What matters is whether the Republicans can win big enough to blunt Democrats' enthusiasm and deny them something valuable - "a template to win", as O'Connell puts it. Tump said, "I knew her weakness and would love to run against Oprah".

If he loses, it could foreshadow what is already expected to be a hard midterm election cycle for Republicans. If Lamb wins, it will show that Democrats are headed for a wave that will sweep the House into their control.

The groups sought to yoke Lamb to Pelosi and criticized him for opposing the 2017 tax-cut law written by Republicans. Since every seat matters and there are only a few contests happening at the moment, an absurd amount of money has poured into the district; as of last Monday, almost $12 million had been spent on ads that are no doubt driving residents batty.

Ingeborg Moran, 27, is also supporting Lamb.

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