In Warning For Trump & Republicans, Democrats Claim Pennsylvania Special Election Win

Wochit - Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Republicans sounded alarm bells on Wednesday after Democrats claimed victory in a Pennsylvania congressional election seen as a referendum on President Donald Trumpโ€™s performance, although the final vote result remained officially too close to call.

In an ominous sign for Trumpโ€™s Republicans eight months before national midterm elections, moderate Democrat Conor Lamb led conservative Republican Rick Saccone by a fraction of a percentage point in the race for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The final result may not be available until Friday.

The election should have been a shoo-in for Republicans.

Trump actively campaigned for Saccone, who started the race well ahead of Lamb in a district Trump won by almost 20 points in the 2016 presidential election.

Republican Speaker Paul Ryan called the election a โ€œwakeup callโ€ in a meeting with Republican House members on Wednesday and pushed them to raise more campaign funding.

He also urged them to do more to highlight tax cuts approved by the Republican-dominated Congress and signed by Trump.

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