Cook Moves PA-18 Special Election to ‘Toss Up’

The Cook Political Report updated its rating for the special election in the 18th Congressional district from ‘lean Republican’ to ‘toss up.’

According to the report, despite the district being strongly Republican, Democrat Conor Lamb has gained a lot of ground in the race.  

“What’s made the race so close, many Republicans admit, is that Lamb has simply proven to be a stronger candidate than Saccone,” the report says.  

Cook also cites the fundraising advantage Lamb has held over Saccone in the race so far, outraising him 3-1 in the race.  

The special election will be held March 13th in the boundaries of the old 18th district.  For the May primary both candidates will have to figure out which of the new congressional districts they would run in since they both live in districts with other incumbents.

10 Responses

  1. Follow the wisdom of King Salomon in Proverbs 11:29,

    “He that troubleth His Own House shall Inherit the Wind,
    and the Fool shall be servant to the Wise-of-Heart.” KJV

      1. wrong luke. the primary will be the precursor. no matter who ‘wins’ the 18th, they have ‘won’ nothing.

        1. PREVIEW !!Prepare for the wave –39 elections won by D’s across the country many in districts were the putin assisted Fake president won.
          LOL !! LOL!!LOL!!

          1. Follow the wisdom of King Salomon in Proverbs 11:29,
            “He that troubleth His Own House shall Inherit the Wind,
            and the Fool shall be servant to the Wise-of-Heart.” KJV

            “Trump, we will assuredly understand, is a small man with a fetish for the symbols of democracy and a bottomless hostility for the actual practice of it.” Jelani Cobb

            On the day of Trump’s inauguration, the White House removed the “military family support page” from WhiteHouse.gov. (January 20, 2017)

            Honorable men rapidly destroy their credibility once they are exposed to Trump; National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly, all put their reputations, honed over decades, on the line to cover for Trump’s outrageous behavior.

          2. “Lying Don” exposes his perniciousness on the road to perdition. We’ve seen malfeasance and incompetence with regard to Puerto Rico and the loss of life and destruction. “Lying Don” displays recklessness and buffoonery with his posturing and threats to North Korea.

            There is no basement too low in “Lying Don’s” sewer conservatism as he attacks Gold Star Families and displays his lack of probity. Reckless, undignified, and outrageous behavior is designed to divert as he dismantles the US Government, but where are the Republicans?

            Other than a few in the Senate, most are missing in action. The Republicans, especially in The House, have been obsequious to such extent that they appear covered in sheep dip.

        2. Well, you are correct, but this will be some of a precursor for sure. But, you are correct, the primaries are a much bigger bellwether.

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