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Wed Mar 14, 2018, 10:23 AM

Lehigh Valley newspaper The Morning Call: 5 Takeaways from PA-18

5 takeaways on the western Pennsylvania special election results

By: Laura Olson, Contact Reporter

Hours after polls closed Tuesday night in western Pennsylvania’s special election, it appeared that Democrats had flipped their first congressional seat of what they hope will be a wild, wave election year.

That result was not yet final: Democrat Conor Lamb led Republican Rick Saccone by 579 votes as Tuesday night bled into Wednesday morning.

Candidates, supporters, reporters and politicos waited up for county election officials in the 18th Congressional District — which stretches from Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs to the state’s southwestern corner — to tally absentee ballots.

Lamb declared victory early Wednesday morning, and Saccone announced he was not yet conceding. But several takeaways already were becoming clear:

1. The safe Republican seat became anything but. (snip analysis)
2. The candidates mattered. (snip analysis)
3. Geography mattered. (snip analysis)
4. Money didn’t change the tide. (snip analysis)
5. Democrats have a win to keep base motivated. (snip analysis)

She certainly is right about #5. I haven't felt this good since Doug Jones defeated Judge Child Molester. GO BLUE!

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