President Donald Trump is scheduled give Republican Rick Saccone's congressional campaign a final push in a rally at Pittsburgh International Airport Saturday night, three days before a special election that has captured the nation's attention.
Over the past week, Saccone - a state representative - has championed Trump's tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports, believing it will help create jobs in the 18th district.
Murphy easily won elections in the district, and Trump carried it by 20 percentage points over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
At separate events before a crowd of union workers in Pittsburgh and then a packed room of supporters here at Robert Morris University, Biden said Democrat Conor Lamb understands the people of the southwest Pennsylvania district.
"We've got Donald Trump". We've had Ivanka. What does the other side have?
"Get out and make sure he wins", Mr. Biden, 75, said.
"If the Democrats had run a liberal, urban-based candidate, you and I wouldn't even be having this conversation", Madonna said. "It's like President Trump with winning - there's so much help we're going to get exhausted of help".
Or are he and his campaign becoming the new normal - a mold Democrats use repeatedly to gain back majorities not just in the House but also in down-ballot races in state legislative bodies across the country? And the sting of the GOP's embarrassing December defeat in Alabama's special Senate race, in which Trump lent his name and time to failed Republican nominee Roy Moore, is still fresh. This will be Trump's second visit to the district in 2018. The Democrats will have shown that they can breach the Republican hold on the blue-collar white voters who helped deliver Mr. Trump the presidency.
Some Republicans in the state are displeased with Saccone, Politico reported Wednesday. Other national groups allied with the GOP have spent almost $8 million on advertising in the race, which is more than seven times the amount invested by national Democratic allies not affiliated with the Lamb campaign. And the Republican National Committee has spent more than $1 million on its own operation that was expected to reach 250,000 targeted voters - either by phone or in person - by election day, said RNC spokesman Rick Gorka.
Or go full resistance, and support progressive candidates to rebuild the Party from scratch and demand every candidate be pro-choice, support strident gun control, hate Wall Street and take to the streets every other Tuesday. The House Democrats' campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has spent $300,000 on his behalf, but Lamb has tried his best to avoid being tied to his party's national brand. "It essentially is abortion for anyone, anytime, anywhere", Conway said.
In Illinois, seven-term Democratic congressman and pro-life moderate Dan Lipinski has been kicked to the curb by the national Party in his primary race against challenger Marie Newman, a businesswoman whose campaign is flush with support from EMILY's List, Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign.
"Conor Lamb said he'll vote against Nancy Pelosi, but he sounds a lot like her most times", she said. The White House disputed the independent agency's findings.