Why the 'World Is Watching' One Pennsylvania District - Page 2

Rick Saccone goes up against Conor Lamb in a special election in the 18th District
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2018 9:40 AM CDT

  • NPR's take: "The fact that Republicans are spending so heavily to save what's essentially a phantom district underscores what is on the line: They don't want a loss in such a GOP stronghold to spur even more panic among their ranks that Trump is dragging them down," Jessica Taylor writes.
  • About that heavy spending: Lamb has out-fundraised Saccone nearly 4-to-1, bringing in $3.6 million since January, while Saccone has managed just shy of $1 million. But Saccone has gotten a big helping hand from outside groups, which have ponied up $10.6 million in spending; Lamb has seen $1.7 million in spending from outside groups. ABC News notes Saccone got one last-minute bump from the NRA, which spent $7,868, mostly on pro-Saccone mailings that were to go out Monday. It's the only federal political spending the group has reported engaging in since the Parkland school shooting.
  • And about the heavy hitters: Both sides have gotten some high-profile help. The Hill reports Donald Trump Jr. was in the district Monday, following his father's Saturday rally in Pennsylvania. "The world is watching," Trump said in his appearance, per CNN. CNBC notes Joe Biden campaigned for Lamb last week, and CNN reports Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway have shown up for Saccone, too.

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