Election News

Saccone concedes 18th district race in phone call to Lamb

Posted on March 24, 2018

Rick Saccone on Wednesday conceded last week’s special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, putting an end to an eight-day stretch of meticulous recounts and talk of a Republican challenge.

In a statement provided to the Post-Gazette from his campaign, Mr. Saccone said he spoke with Democrat Conor Lamb on Wednesday afternoon.

“This afternoon, I spoke to Mr. Lamb, conceding the race in the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District and congratulating him on his victory,” Mr. Saccone said. “While there are less than 800 votes separating us, the people of the 18th District deserve to have a voice representing them in Congress.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/03/21/Conor-Lamb-Rick-Saccone-conceded-18-district-special-election-pa-congress/stories/201803210227

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Who’s On The Primary Ballot For U.S. House Seats In Central Pennsylvania

Posted on March 21, 2018

In Pennsylvania, candidates running in the primaries for U.S. House and Senate had to file their nomination petitions by the end of the day Tuesday. That deadline had been extended because of the legislative redistricting that took place.

In the 12th Congressional district, Democrats Mark Friedenberg, of Centre County, and Judith Herschel, of Susquehanna County, are seeking the nomination. Republicans running are Tom Marino, the incumbent from Lycoming County, along with Douglas McLinko, of Bradford County. The district includes the eastern half of Centre County and stretches from Perry County to the New York Border.

Read more: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/whos-primary-ballot-us-house-seats-central-pennsylvania



U.S. Supreme Court And Federal Judges Both Reaffirm New Pennsylvania District Map

Posted on March 20, 2018

After the federal judge ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court also decided to keep in place a revised map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, turning down a separate request from Republican leaders in the state Legislature.

A panel of federal judges on Monday dismissed a legal challenge by Republican congressmen to a district map imposed last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Read more: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/us-supreme-court-and-federal-judges-both-reaffirm-new-pennsylvania-district-map



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

Posted on March 14, 2018

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.

Read more: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/result-pa-special-election-could-mean-trouble-republicans



GOP gearing up to challenge District 18 results, impound all voting machines used in special election

Posted on March 14, 2018

Republican officials are alleging voting irregularities in the District 18 special election, and say they plan to go to court seeking to impound all the voting machines used Tuesday.

Democrat Conor Lamb of Mt. Lebanon holds a slim lead over Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone of Elizabeth Township. With a few absentee and provisional ballots still out, his lead is a few hundred votes out of more than 200,000 cast in the congressional district formerly held by Republican Tim Murphy.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2FUVtfu

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Pennsylvania Special Election Too Close To Call

Posted on March 13, 2018

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday

Votes are still being tallied in Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District — and it appears nearly every single one will need to be counted.

The race between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb is down to the wire for this seat deep in Trump Country, with confidence at Lamb’s campaign early in the night giving way to supporters holding their collective breath as the results tightened to a near tie through the evening.

With all precincts reporting, The Associated Press says that the race is too close to call, with Lamb ahead of Saccone by just 677 votes. The outcome appears as though it will be decided by outstanding absentee ballots. But Lamb and national Democrats declared victory anyway, given that Saccone needed to win a huge percentage of those absentees to close the gap.

More: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/pennsylvania-special-election-down-wire-trump-country



GOP Pours Cash Into Pennsylvania Special Election To Prevent An Upset Defeat

Posted on March 12, 2018

At least for one more day, the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania are alive with the sound of campaign cash.

Voters in the state’s 18th congressional district on Tuesday elect a new member of Congress. It’s a surprisingly close race in this reliably Republican district between Democratic former prosecutor Conor Lamb, and Republican state legislator Rick Saccone. GOP and conservative groups are shoveling in dollars to overcome Saccone’s lackluster fundraising — this despite his claim that he “was Trump before Trump was Trump.”



Pennsylvania Republican Rick Saccone Wants To Be Trump’s ‘Wingman’

Posted on March 9, 2018

The Republican congressional candidate running in Pennsylvania’s special election next week wants to be President Donald Trump’s “wingman.”

Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone embraced Trump as he faced reporters on Wednesday. He noted that the Republican president has been getting “beat up” recently.



Candidates Statewide Scramble To Adjust To Pennsylvania’s New Congressional Map

Posted on March 2, 2018

Democratic congressional hopeful Laura Quick and two campaign staffers recently set up shop for the afternoon inside a Panera Bread not too far from her home in Palmyra, Lebanon County.

They’d popped open their laptops on the table closest to a fireplace going full blast. That warmth would probably be welcome on most February afternoons, but it was an unseasonable 70 degrees outside.

“I asked them to turn it off, but they can’t,” explained Josh Brady, 23, Quick’s unofficial numbers guy.

So they decided to deal with the extra heat.



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