Democrat Conor Lamb pulls ahead, but the Pennsylvania special election is too close to call

The DCCC is already celebrating.

Democrat Conor Lamb looks likely to have won an incredibly close special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, beating out Republican candidate Rick Saccone in a deeply conservative district that the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates R+11.

As of midnight Tuesday, official outlets deemed the race too close to call. Though a trickle of absentee election ballots were still to be counted late Tuesday night, some election watchers predicted Lamb would win, albeit by an extremely close margin.

Around midnight, Lamb had 49.9 percent of the vote, compared to Saccone’s 49.5 percent, meaning the two candidates were separated by just 847 votes.

It’s very possible (even likely) that Saccone (R) won the #PA18 Election Day vote. But barring an error, absentees will have put Lamb (D) over the top.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) March 14, 2018

But before the race was officially called, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was already celebrating.

“I want to congratulate Conor Lamb and his team of grassroots supporters on an incredible victory,” said DCCC Chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján (NM) in an email sent out around 11:30 pm.

In a scorching statement, Luján blasted his Republican opponents for dumping millions into a race that they were predicted to lose.

“These results should terrify Republicans,” he said. “Despite their home field advantage and the millions of dollars outside groups poured into this race, Republicans found that their attacks against Conor, including their unpopular tax scam, were not believable. There are more than one hundred districts more favorable for Democrats than this one and we look forward to competing hard in every single one.”

Even with the race too close to call, the result doesn’t look good for Republicans, who have held on to PA-18 with an iron grip since 2003.

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