Tomorrow there will be a Special Election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District to replace former Congressman Tim Murphy, a Republican who resigned in October after reports came to light that he pressured a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion.
But even if you think Walker is wrong in that case because he had scheduled other special elections when he was sure his party would hold on to the seat, you can still agree that as a general principle, holding a special election that most people won't vote in but that the parties will spend a huge amount of money on seems like a less than optimal use of our attention and resources.
Underscoring the national importance of the election, Trump campaigned for Saccone in the district March 10.
Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, a political forecasting unit of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, rates the race a toss-up.
The president also offered Saccone a last-minute boost of administration policy.
Trump said Saccone would be a "fighter" like the president, and that Lamb's party is one of obstruction. Lamb, 33, a former assistant USA attorney, also supports student loan reform. I asked them about this phenomenon, and they said that the reality was more complicated. McDaniel also demeaned Lamb as a Republican in disguise.
Trump said that North Korea is hoping to make peace with the U.S., and the time for that has come.
His campaign claims to have reached more than 100,000 households with pledges to protect union jobs and pensions along with Medicare and Social Security programs for the elderly that account for almost one out of every five local residents.
The difference in ad strategy is stark: To the surprise of no one who has covered the political silly season, one of the first GOP Saccone ads (produced and paid for by the Congressional Leadership Fund) was a play on his opponent's name - he's a sheep who is led by Nancy Pelosi (get it?). "It doesn't matter, we will impeach him'". He raised $918,000 through February 21 compared with $3.9 million for Lamb, Federal Election Commission reports show.
But those races were more easily explained.
Lamb is "a very attractive candidate, and the optics of comparison between them have not been favorable to Saccone", Harold said.
Lamb is expected to run in the neighboring district (the 17th Congressional District), now held by Republican Keith Rothfus. Tax cuts, the Republican Party's only major achievement under Trump, have done little to energize local voters, some of whom dismiss the sweeping tax overhaul as a giveaway to the wealthy. Former Vice President Joe Biden recently campaigned with Lamb.
Lamb has highlighted protections for Social Security and Medicare in a district with a median age of 44.6, compared to 37.7 nationwide, and where 36.3 percent of households receive Social Security, compared with 30.2 percent in the US, according to estimates from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. It's about 93% white and only about 36.5% of the population graduated from college. While Democrats outnumber Republicans on the voter registration rolls, this part of Pennsylvania has been trending Republican in federal elections for decades. He said, "Steel is back, and aluminum is back". The opioid crisis has buffeted the region. A Pennsylvania congressional race offers an early test of Democrats' and Republicans' arguments over the new tax law.
Lamb opposes any kind of assault weapon ban, a stance he reiterated in the aftermath of last month's Parkland school shooting. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the Republican-drawn map unlawfully diluted Democrats' votes. But it's hard to argue that special elections like the one going on in Pennsylvania are really good for the voters.
But, the president warned, "we can only do that if we elect people who are going to back our agenda", repeatedly urging his backers to support Saccone and stave off an upset by Democrat Conor Lamb in a district the president won by 20 percentage points over Hillary Clinton. According to the information of the source, president Trump was in his element, even know he was campaigning for someone they called a weak candidate, but it is expected that president will continue this campaign for four to five time per week before the midterm elections. He could face opposition in the May Republican primary.
Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.