Dem claims vic­tory as GOP ‘hangs in’

PA race ‘tight’

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

MT LE­BANON, Pa, March 14, (AP): A ra­zor’s edge sep­a­rated Demo­crat Conor Lamb and Repub­li­can Rick Sac­cone early Wed­nes­day in their closely watched spe­cial elec­tion in Penn­syl­va­nia, where a sur­pris­ingly strong bid by first-time can­di­date Lamb se­verely tested Don­ald Trump’s sway in a GOP strong­hold.

Lamb claimed vic­tory be­fore ex­u­ber­ant sup­port­ers early Wed­nes­day as the num­ber of votes still to be counted dwin­dled in a con­test that has drawn na­tional at­ten­tion as a bell­wether for the midterm elec­tions in Novem­ber when the Repub­li­can Party’s House and Se­nate ma­jori­ties are at risk.

The Marine vet­eran told his crowd that vot­ers had di­rected him to “do your job” in Wash­ing­ton. “Mis­sion ac­cepted,” he de­clared. Ear­lier, Sac­cone told his own sup­port­ers, “It’s not over yet, we’re go­ing to fight all the way, all the way to the end, we’ll never give up.” Lamb told CNN Wed­nes­day he hadn’t yet heard from Sac­cone, but added, “I con­grat­u­late him on fight­ing hard the whole way.”

Re­gard­less of the out­come — and a re­count was pos­si­ble — Lamb’s show­ing in a district Trump won by 20 points in the pres­i­den­tial race was sure to stoke anx­i­ety among Repub­li­cans na­tion­wide and re­newed en­thu­si­asm among Democrats.

Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Lamb’s lead stood at 641 votes — out of more than 224,000 votes cast, ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial re­sults. Elec­tion of­fi­cials said there are about 200 ab­sen­tee votes and an un­known num­ber of pro­vi­sional bal­lots still to be counted.


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