Lamb mostly avoids Trump, who remains generally popular in the district, even if slightly diminished from his Election Day dominance.
A Lamb victory would hearten Democrats as they look to reclaim a House majority in November, while shaking Republican self-assurance that their new tax law is an omnipotent defense of whatever weakness comes with defending an all-GOP government helmed by President Donald Trump.
For the president, PA 18 marks his latest attempt at strapping the #MAGA movement to another Republican candidate and hoping that the same political movement that catapulted him to the White House will prove to be more than just a flash in the pan and also have an effect on more than just his own candidacy. "I'll tell you some more - my wife and I saw it again today, they have a hatred for God".
Current polling at RealClearPolitics shows a virtual dead heat in the 18 Congressional District, where Democratic candidate Conor Lamb (pictured at right) could wrestle a seat from the Republican Party after now-former Rep. Tim Murphy resigned in disgrace over an extramarital affair.
Democrat Conor Lamb, a former USA attorney and Marine veteran, campaigns in January.
Taxes: He called the GOP tax bill a "giveaway" to wealthy Americans and said he supports cuts for the middle class. Even with, say, a three-seat majority, the Republicans would select all the committee chairmen and thwart any investigation into the misdeeds of the Trump administration.
Half a world away in India, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says the people who voted against her in 2016 were "looking backward", opposed to "black people getting rights" and women "getting jobs".
The final public poll, from Monmouth University, found Lamb ahead by two to six points depending on the depth of voter turnout.
The vice president argues that Trump's entire agenda is on the line in a race that is being viewed as a bellwether of a challenging midterm election cycle for Republicans.
Lamb took to the role, positioning himself as a centrist even as national Republican forces descended on the district to fill airwaves and social media with depictions of the first-time candidate as little more than a lemming for Nancy Pelosi - the California Democrat, House minority leader and GOP punching bag. "Very important", Trump said. While Trump defeated 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton there by almost 20 points, recent polls have shown Saccone and Lamb trading leads.
Burch reports that "Democratic canvassers are now going door-to-door telling voters to "vote for the Catholic" in the race. He has insisted this is all about the 18th [Congressional District]", Madonna said.
Saccone, meanwhile, portrayed himself as an underdog, as national Republicans quietly blamed him for the closeness of the race. Rick Saccone against Democrat Conor Lamb, a prosecuting attorney. The chairman of the state party said that the district, held since 2003 by a Republican, is a "Democrat district". And he embraces unions, highlighting Saccone's anti-labor record at the statehouse - a noticeable deviation from Murphy's status as a union-friendly Republican.
This election is the first chance both sides have to gauge how their party will do in the first midterm elections of Trump's presidency. "And there were a large number of people who didn't care". He has run a campaign ad with a picture of him shooting what appears to be an AR-15.
Lamb's campaign footsoldiers are emphasizing his religious roots because they help distract from the politician's pro-abortion profile.