Cook Political Report: Lamb’s Race Moves From Likely Dem to Leans Dem
The race in the 17th Congressional District is tightening up, according to the latest ratings from the election analysts at the Cook Political Report.
Rep. Conor Lamb’s (D-Allegheny) race in the 17th Congressional District has moved from Likely Democrat to Leans Democrat, in the latest ratings published on Tuesday morning. Lamb is being challenged by Republican Sean Parnell, a combat veteran and conservative author, for the race in western PA.
Lamb captured the national spotlight when he upset Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone in the old Trump-friendly 18th district, vacated by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny), in a special election earlier in 2018. He won a full term in Congress in Nov. 2018 by defeating Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) by just over 12.5 points in the district’s present boundaries.
On Election Day 2018, Cook Political Report listed Lamb’s race against Rothfus as Likely Democratic. President Donald Trump narrowly carried the boundaries of the 17th District in 2016 over Sec. Hillary Clinton.
Lamb joins Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) in the Leans Democratic category. The lone race in the state listed as a Toss-Up is Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-York) reelection bid in the 10th District against Democratic state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.
The latest Cook report ratings is here.