The polls are closed in the closely-watched election to win a House seat in the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District special election, which is being perceived as a bellwether of public opinion on President Donald Trump in a district the president easily won. You can see a feed of live election results below.
Conor Lamb, the 33-year-old Democrat seeking to win his first elective office in an area that usually goes Republican, comes from a family with a long tradition of service in the state’s politics. The Republican candidate in the race is Rick Saccone, 60, a state legislator who was a counter-intelligence officer for the U.S. Air Force. They are running for the seat vacated by scandal-scarred Republican incumbent Tim Murphy. Trump stumped for Saccone and touted him on Twitter.
LIVE ELECTION RESULTS
“Rick is a great guy. We need more Republicans to continue our already successful agenda!” Trump tweeted. You can see live updates below and, under them, more background on each candidate.
The Democrats are hoping to flip the seat in the largely white, working-class district. In addition, the election is being watched as a predictor for the upcoming midterms.
UPDATE, 8 p.m.
Conor Lamb voting this morning in #PA18. Make a plan to get to the polls and VOTE TODAY! #GOTV pic.twitter.com/W3cKuUDMjJ
— Conor Lamb (@ConorLambPA) March 13, 2018
Some people manning the polls said there was good turnout. “We’ve gotten a lot of voters today, and we’re really surprised,” said Judi Kemis to Daily Item.com. She is a judge of elections for polling at South Central Elementary School in Canonsburg. “We’ve had a lot of young people, fresh 18-year-old voters.”
Our director co-hosts @BuzzFeedNews’ coverage of #PA18, tune in to watch returns as they roll in and Brandon obsessively talk about Pennsylvania: https://t.co/Qdhq6L1Q0o
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) March 13, 2018
The race is being closely watched because Pennsylvania was one of the surprise upsets that gave Trump the White House. The district that Lamb is running in went to Trump by more than 20 points, but polls have shown a much closer race for the House. A new Monmouth University Poll released a day before voters cast their ballots showed Lamb leading Saccone. Donald Trump Jr. also touted Saccone on the campaign trail and social media.
Liberal @PittsburghPG didn’t endorse @realDonaldTrump in 2016, but endorsed @Saccone4PA18 in tomorrow’s special because they’ve seen the positive results of the Trump agenda. That says a lot. Let’s keep the #winning going… get out and vote tomorrow. #PA18 #MAGA pic.twitter.com/1tKFRhHOL2
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 13, 2018
The district is located in Western Pennsylvania and includes parts of Allegheny, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The men are vying to replace Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned amidst a sex scandal. Murphy ran uncontested in 2016 and 2014 and defeated his Democratic challenger by a 64 to 36 margin in …read more