Polls Open For Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional Seat

All Eyes On Special Election Between Conor Lamb And Rick Saccone

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Today, voters will decide who replaces Republican Tim Murphy in Congress.

National attention is focused on today's special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional district, which some say is a referendum on President Trump’s support.

Mr. Trump won the vote in the district by 20 points in 2016. But Rick Saccone, the Republican Mr. Trump is backing, is trailing Democratic challenger Conor Lamb in recent polls.

Today’s election caps off weeks of direct mail, broadcast ads, text messages, phone calls and more. Estimates are that $15 million has been spent on this election.

Lamb spent Monday campaigning door-to-door. His last public event was Sunday in Greene County where he spoke to a group of United Mine Workers, promising to safeguard Social Security and Medicare benefits if he’s elected.

Saccone made a couple of campaign stops Monday with Donald Trump Jr., including one at Sarris Candy in Canonsburg, Washington County. Saccone has campaigned as a big supporter of President Trump’s agenda.

KDKA Money and Politics editor Jon Delano tells the “KDKA Radio Morning News” both parties hope today’s result will be an indication on who will control Congress next year.

“A switch of 25 seats is all it takes for the Democrats to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. So it’s very important to both parties. It’s why they’ve spent so much money and why the national eyes are on Pittsburgh today,” said Delano.

“This is a message making election today and because it’s a message making election, there has been so much outside money thrown at it, that it just boggles the mind when you think about it” said Delano.

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