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

Marianne Goodland with Colorado Politics and Jesse Paul of the Denver Post

"But this is a local race, people are voting for either me or Rick Saccone I don't think it has anything to do with the president", Lamb said.

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. When they cheered he responded, "I like you too".

Voters in western Pennsylvania are set to choose between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb in a special congressional election that could offer signs of what's to come in November's midterm elections. Lamb, a 33-year-old a political newcomer, is a former prosecutor and retired Marine. If Democrats can win the mostly white, blue-collar southwestern Pittsburgh-area district, it might be an indication of their shot in more moderate districts, like the 23 Republican-held seats that also voted for Hillary Clinton, in their pursuit to take control of the House.

Saccone, the author of the book "God in Our Government", has been described as having ties to Dominionism. Lamb has wooed conservative voters at the same time national Democratic money has poured in to bankroll a win.

Republicans on the House Intelligence committee announced Monday they were wrapping up their yearlong investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after finding no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. He has a 2-point advantage in the final pre-election RealClearPolitics (RCP) polling average.

Saccone, meanwhile, has come under fire from some national Republicans for lackluster campaigning and fundraising. He said Japan was very happy with what Trump is doing on North Korea.

Gelb voted for Saccone because he wants representatives loyal to the president he elected.

Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, says Republicans could pay a political price for Murphy's hypocritical actions. "He has insisted this is all about the 18th [Congressional District]", Madonna said.

But, fundamentally, as the President's visit to Pittsburgh on Saturday reinforced, if you like Trump, you vote Saccone, and if you don't, you back Lamb. The candidates - Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone - are in a tough fight in which outside groups have spent over $12 million. The district is full of Reagan Democrats, and while past Democratic candidates did not appeal to these conservative-leaning Democrats, Lamb does.

Following last month's shooting in Parkland, both Saccone and the NRA alike attempted to shift focus from guns to "failings" on the part of law enforcement, which the NRA has blamed for dropping the ball, despite being warned of the shooter's troubling behavior months earlier.

Lamb acknowledges the intense opposition to Trump among liberal voters but says the election shouldn't be Trump. Privately, some Republican insiders say if the party had picked Reschenthaler, Lamb would have had no shot at winning.

Saccone has tried to excite voters by embracing Trump.

Trump putting himself out there, throwing his weight behind another Republican candidate in Saccone is still a big deal, especially for the president himself.

Lamb has largely avoided mentioning Trump, who remains generally popular in the district even if slightly diminished from his 2016 dominance. For Democrats, the only proper response to those who still see this president in positive terms is not to reason with them but rather to present a message of optimism, decency and inclusivity and let the political chips fall where they may. Saccone has returned the favor by wholeheartedly praising the president, from his record on the economy to his smash-mouth approach to politics. He has run a campaign ad with a picture of him shooting what appears to be an AR-15.

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