Voters are heading to the polls today to cast their ballots in the special election between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb, who are running in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. But because the district will soon be redrawn, the stakes here have little to do with political power and everything to do with symbolism: A Democratic victory could show how the party can appeal to the white working class—and cause Republicans to rethink their midterms strategy.
“If the Republican candidate wins by five points, it’s much ado about nothing,” Republican strategist Mike DeVanney told me. “If Lamb wins, we’re going to have to do some examining of the type of candidates we nominate and the message we bring to voters.”
Media coverage has framed the election as a referendum on President Trump, but, as I reported last week, Lamb has done his best to avoid Trump-bashing. Instead, the former federal prosecutor and Marine has chosen to stress labor issues and the opioid crisis, and taken a relatively conservative stance on guns. Saccone, a current state representative with a formidable resume as a counterintelligence officer in the United States Air Force, has pledged to reel in government …read more
From:: The Atlantic