'This Race Is Over': DNC Chair Says PA Election Outcome Clear, Moves On to Key Senate Race
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said candidate Conor Lamb is effectively the winner of Tuesday's special electon in southwestern Pennsylvania.
"I think this race is over," he said. "Mister [Rick] Saccone can contest it, but I think it's pretty clear that Conor Lamb is going to be the next member of Congress from [the 18th] district."
Perez said Lamb won because in part because he and other Democrats see "health care as a right for all, not a privilege for a few."
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He added that he agreed with a statement from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) who lamented the fact a "20-point Trump district" may now be in the hands of the Democrats.
Perez added that the party's next order of business is to ensure that Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), is reelected in his November bid against Hazleton-area Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) - a vocal Trump supporter.
As of Wednesday evening, Lamb was ahead of Saccone by several hundred votes with all precincts reporting but some provisional ballots left to count.
Molly Line reported that Saccone's camp as well as the Republican Party are pointing to possible "irregularities" in densely-populated Allegheny County - and other situations.
The district, which will essentially disappear with the new State Supreme Court-drawn map this November, includes the rural counties of Greene, Westmoreland and Washington, and parts of southern Allegheny that do not include the city of Pittsburgh proper.
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