18th Congressional Race Too Close To Call

Less than 630 votes separate Conor Lamb and Rick Saccone

Larry Richert and John Shumway
March 14, 2018 - 7:46 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The race in the 18th Congressional district is too close to call.

Less than 630 votes separate Democrat Conor Lamb from Republican Rick Saccone.

Lamb, who leads the unofficial totals, declared victory late last night saying, “It took a little longer than we thought but, we did it!”

Saccone told supporters he won’t concede. “We’re going to keep fighting. Don’t give up and we’ll keep it up. We’re going to win it!”

Saccone’s camp says it is exploring “all legal options.”

Lamb has 49.8 percent of the vote and Saccone has 49.6. The unofficial count of absentee ballots in Washington County shows Lamb has 609 votes and Saccone has 547, not enough to change the result.

KDKA-TV Money and Political Analyst Jon Delano says Lamb is likely to be the next congressman from the 18th Congressional district but it isn’t over yet.

“These are all unofficial votes because in Pennsylvania the initial count that is reported by election officials are always unofficial and the mechanism is that they go back and they essentially recount… and then they declare an official result. Once you have an official result, then the losing party can challenge.”

In Allegheny County, 101,944 eligible voters cast their ballots out of a possible 214,772, meaning turnout was around 47%.

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