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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A tally of about 1,400 absentee ballots in Washington and Greene counties Wednesday morning increased Democrat Conor Lamb's razor-thin lead in Western Pennsylvania's special congressional election to 627 votes, according to unofficial results. Lamb collected 609 of the absentee ballots cast in Washington County, compared with 547 for Republican Rick Saccone and six for Libertarian Drew Miller, said Assistant Elections Director Melanie Ostrander. In Greene County, Lamb picked up 93 more votes from absentee ballots, Saccone got 107 and Miller received one, the county's elections website showed.




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Officials have until Tuesday to count and review provisional ballots, according to the New York Times. If the vote remains close, a recount could be requested but because the majority of votes were cast on electronic voting machines, the total count is not likely to change significantly.


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A squeaker that should not have been a squeaker.

#1 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-03-14 12:39 AM | Reply

1,400 absentee votes to be counted.

Don't call it too soon, even though Saccone already threw in the towel!

I'm guessing there'll be a recount. This ain't over by a long shot. Moore's election should be all the evidence you need.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-03-14 12:43 AM | Reply

Lamb just declared victory, for what it's worth.

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-03-14 12:43 AM | Reply

I just looked at a CNN headline posted 6 minutes ago saying it is not over yet, NYT has also not called it yet.

Though my guess is that Lamb will indeed win so congratulations Dems it is one heck of a good win for you and it was a tough battle

#4 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-03-14 02:10 AM | Reply

Remember the polls a month ago showing Liddle Donny's favorable rating improving according to Rasmussen?

Yeah, that's toast.

Every single GOPPER should be worried about this.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2018-03-14 07:08 AM | Reply

I won't hold my breath for the Lamb win, in red parts of states like Pennsylvania all sorts of shenanigans can switch results in the middle of the night. Cheating is a Republican tactic that they have perfected over decades.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-03-14 08:24 AM | Reply

Conor Lamb leads by 0.3 percentage points, or 641 votes, over Rick Saccone with 100 percent of precincts fully reporting.

#7 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-03-14 09:49 AM | Reply

While there is no mandatory recount requirement for low-margin federal elections in Pennsylvania, the Republicans or Democrats can file for a recount.

imo, no one should be declaring a victory just yet...

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-14 10:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


I'm not. Still the point's been made. Trumpism may be the shortest political revolution in history. You can't elect an evil piñata to the presidency. It just gets knocked around and disgorges sh--.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2018-03-14 10:34 AM | Reply

@#9 ... Still the point's been made. ...


For those Republicans running this year, seeing Pres Trump's 20-point margin in this district diminish to zero must be an eye opener. Some of the earlier (i.e., last year) special elections saw only a 10-point or so dip in their respective districts . So as time goes on, it appears that Pres Trump is having a worse effect upon the election prospects of his fellow Republicans.

What I wonder now is: In this district, will those who had voted for candidate Trump in 2016 and voted for candidate Lamb in this election, vote again for Pres Trump in 2020 or desert him?

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-14 10:59 AM | Reply



Do we know the final score yet?

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-03-14 12:26 PM | Reply

Lamb should declare unequivocal victory and say that any change would be the result of trump conspiring with putin

#12 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-03-14 02:21 PM | Reply

Do we know the final score yet?

#11 | Posted by Sniper

Doesn't matter.

You will still be a LA_OOOO_SA_HER!

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-03-14 02:22 PM | Reply

Do we know the final score yet?


Yes. A district that Trump won by 20 points just flew Democrat. #Winning #Sad #HaHaHaYourPresidentIsKillingYourParty #ThanksTrump

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-03-14 02:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Lamb won/flipped 172 precincts that voted for Trump in 2016.

Saccone won/flipped 0 precincts that voted for HRC in 2016.

Let's just say that's not information that came from Fox News. #LowInfoVoter

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-03-14 02:27 PM | Reply

Republicans are too stupid to see they'd do better if they spoke out against trump or impeached him than they'll do if they're his pathetic little cowardly lapdogs.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-03-14 02:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


..."Blame it on the candidate -- blame it on the weather for that matter -- but the truth is Donald Trump won this district by 20 points and that ground has been lost," said former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. "The question is why and where else? Which raises an even bigger warning for Republicans: Democrats have been able (so far) to animate voters beyond Trump's core base with a combination of competitive candidates and staying out of their own way." ...

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-14 02:53 PM | Reply

Maybe there's hope, but even if the Ds flip CONgress they'll still have to contend with President Trump. He's not likely to sign anything they pass. We'll just have more gridlock. He'll continue to sit there and stink up the White House. Sigh.

#18 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2018-03-14 05:32 PM | Reply

As thrilled as I am to see Lamb's apparent victory, it's important to keep this race in perspective. Conor Lamb is a centrist Democrat. He's a former Marine and prosecutor, he has refused to criticize Trump in even the most general of terms, he's very pro-Second Amendment, and he's opposed to single-payer healthcare. In other words, he ran as a conservative white guy.

Nothing necessarily wrong with that, but I have a feeling we won't see him taking on causes that a lot of Democrats feel strongly about. Is the Conor Lamb model the way forward across America? Or just in especially conservative districts like this one?

#19 | Posted by cbob at 2018-03-14 05:34 PM | Reply

"In other words, he ran as a conservative white guy."

If only more conservative white guy's took these positons:

pro-Social Security
pro-choice based on separation of church and state (although anti-abortion himself)
anti-Trump/GOP tax cuts

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-03-14 05:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

" he ran as a conservative white guy."

He surfed the 🌊 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-03-14 06:24 PM | Reply

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. He won. The real story is how Trump's 20 percent victory in the presidential race vanished into thin air AND the impact that's going to have on the other GOP House members in 2018. Some of them are probably seeing this as a harbinger of doom. Some may be wondering if the ghost of Trump will do the same to them.

As well it should. I hope Nunes is the first one in line. His ticket needs punched big time.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-03-14 06:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Democrat Conor Lamb Appears To Have Won Pa. Special Election. Here's What It Means

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET

Democrat Conor Lamb appears to have won the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, defeating Republican Rick Saccone in an upset for President Trump and congressional Republicans, based on a review of the vote by member station WESA and barring a recount.

That a Democrat is even close in this Western Pennsylvania congressional district can mean only one thing -- bad news for Republicans in this midterm year.

"We should be able to elect a box of hammers in this district," veteran Republican strategist Mike Murphy told the Washington Post's Robert Costa. "If we're losing here, you can bet there is a Democratic wave coming."...

Member station WESA has reviewed current vote counts from all of the individual counties in the district. That count shows Lamb with a lead of 627 votes. Between provisional ballots, absentee ballots and military/residents overseas ballots still outstanding, there are only 618 votes left to count based on the latest numbers. That gives Lamb an insurmountable lead.

This is barring the potential for a protest recount, which would be based on evidence of voter fraud or errors in counting. Pennsylvania law does not provide for an automatic recount in congressional races.

There is no timeline for certification of the race at this point, according to the Pennsylvania secretary of state's office.

A recount is an outside possibility at this point. One would be triggered if three people in each precinct come forward with evidence of voter fraud or counting errors. Loosely, they have until the middle of next week to do that....

#23 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-14 10:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


"With the last batch of absentee ballots counted, Lamb, a 33-year-old former prosecutor and first-time candidate, saw his edge over Republican Rick Saccone shrink slightly, to 627 votes out of more than 224,000 cast, according to unofficial results".


#24 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-03-15 07:22 AM | Reply

They were probably too scared to deploy the interstate crosscheck, ever since Danni's exposed it.

never got it out of the barn.

#25 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-03-15 07:44 AM | Reply

"They were probably too scared to deploy the interstate crosscheck, ever since Danni's exposed it"

Close but no cookies for you Comrade.

Pennsylvania was illegally gerrymandered to guarantee Republicans would win. Until they were taken to court where they lost.

And they will continue to lose in fair elections.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-03-15 08:45 AM | Reply

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