Congressional Leadership Fund to Open Two Offices for PA-18 Special Election
The race to replace former Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny) is beginning to heat up with three months remaining before the special election. Democrat Conor Lamb and state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) are running against each other for the seat.
The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) is reportedly going to be investing heavily in the race, including opening two offices in the district according to WPXI. The two offices will be used to help coordinate a door knocking campaign with the goal of knocking on 250,000 doors in the district.
Democrats also have plans for the race, including rallying labor support behind Lamb to help push voters to the poll.
Mike Mikus is a Democratic operative who has experience in special elections in Pennsylvania –previously managing Mark Critz’s successful campaign in the 12th District back in 2010.
He said the challenge for Lamb will be to get more than 50 percent of the vote in Allegheny County. That would put him in a position to win with a mid-40 percent range in Washington and Greene County and dropping off to about 40 percent of votes in Westmoreland County– the historically red areas of the district.
The Lamb campaign has so far opened offices in Westmoreland and Greene counties, targeting the two reddest areas of the district where Lamb will have to convince some Republican and independent voters to cast their ballot for a young Democrat
Getting the vote out for each candidate will be a major part of this election, as it does not coincide with any other elections this year, making it hard to get low propensity voters to the polls.