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Report: Lamb Preparing To Join Senate Race in August

Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) is reportedly going to join the race for U.S. Senate in August. 

First reported by Roll Call on Wednesday, Lamb is planning a campaign event on Aug. 6 at an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Pittsburgh. KDKA and WTAE have also reported that Lamb is expected to formally launch his campaign for the statewide office next Friday. 

Lamb has been reportedly mulling a run for the office for months. 

In February, The Intercept’s Ryan Grim said on an appearance on Hill.TV’s “Rising” that it was “very likely” that Lamb would launch a campaign for U.S. Senate. 

In late-April, POLITICO reported that Lamb was telling “some donors and supporters” that he is “likely to enter” the race. 

The Democratic Party race is already crowded. 

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, Dr. Kevin Baumlin, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), former Norristown Borough Council President John McGuigan, and Eric Orts, a professor at Penn’s Wharton School of Business, have all launched their campaigns for Senate. State Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission for U.S. Senate and formally announced his exploratory committee in April. 

According to the FEC website, Brandaun Dean, Larry Johnson, Alexandria Khalil, Kyle Norton, Alan Shank, and Llewellyn Tapera have also filed statements of candidacy for the Democratic primary.

Only two Democratic declared U.S. candidates outraised Lamb in Q2 and only one candidate leads him with cash on hand as of now, should he enter the race.

Fetterman raised $2.5 million in the 2nd quarter and entered July with $3 million cash on hand. Fetterman has raised more than $6.5 million since launching his campaign. 

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh raised $1 million since entering the race in early-April to the end of June. She entered July with just over $630,000 cash on hand.  

Lamb raised just under $980,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June and entered July with $1.77 million cash on hand.  

Lamb outraised Kenyatta, Baumlin, and Street in Q2.

Lamb had the closest reelection bid of any incumbent in the state’s congressional delegation in 2020. The Allegheny County Democrat bested GOP challenger Sean Parnell, who is seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2022, by just over 2 points to secure his second full term in Congress. 

In 2018, 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 and later went on to defeat Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) by just over 12.5 points

The 17th District that Lamb represents went to Trump in 2016 by just a couple of points, although Joe Biden edged out Trump in the western PA District in the 2020 election.

5 Responses

  1. What do we need with another Senator more conservative than Casey? I’m a moderate and I won’t back this guy. Too many cowardly votes.

    1. Because a center-left candidate may actually beat the republican in the general. Fetterman and Kenyatta won’t win in November.

  2. His district isn’t currently crazy trumpian but rather I think he is afraid of looming redistricting results

  3. Although he would be a top tier candidate, is Lamb getting ahead of himself? Or running from a potential loss in his crazy Trumpian House district?

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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