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Why the 'World Is Watching' One Pennsylvania District - Page 3

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

  • So who is Lamb? Per NPR, even the GOP acknowledges he's a tight candidate: 33, regularly described as handsome, and a former Marine and prosecutor. It describes him as "cut[ting] a moderate profile with a populist tinge," coming out, for instance, against Nancy Pelosi and embracing an economic message akin to Trump's own. CNN adds that he has voiced personal opposition to abortion, fired a semiautomatic rifle in his first campaign ad, and been approving of Trump's new tariffs.
  • So who is Saccone? The 60-year-old is described by PennLive as a "staunch conservative" who's one of the state Legislature's biggest abortion opponents. He's a self-professed big fan of Trump's and, per Politico, a self-professed underdog. "I've always been the underdog in every race I've ever ran. This is my fifth election. So, I relish being the underdog. That's good."
  • A side note: Politico analyzed Saccone's last few weeks of campaign ads and discovered a distinct shift away from touting Trump's tax cuts: "It's a sign they think the issue isn't resonating—potentially a big problem in the midterms."
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