MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. – It's down to the wire in a hotly contested U.S. House seat special election that Washington is watching closely as a bellwether for the midterm elections.
Republican Rick Saccone sought to hold off a stronger-than-expected challenge from Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results had Lamb leading Saccone by fewer than 900 votes. There are 3,900 absentee ballots yet to be counted, according to The Associated Press
The race has received steady national media attention because of its implications for the president and congressional Republicans. To fend off a Democratic upset, Republicans spent more than $10 million in the race, and Saccone received an 11th-hour campaign visit by Trump.