Democratic challenger Conor Lamb claimed victory early Wednesday in a congressional election in a Pennsylvania district won by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race. Trump carried the 18th congressional district by 20 percentage points against Hillary Clinton.
With all precincts reporting, Lamb led Rick Saccone, his Republican opponent, 49.8 per cent to 49.6 per cent — or by fewer than 600 votes out of about 225,000 cast on Tuesday. Absentee and provisional ballots were still being tabulated and a recount appeared likely.
That said, the closeness of the race that was a handy win for the President suggests continued blowback against the Trump administration. Perhaps hinting at a Democratic highly interventionist controlled House of Representatives after the November mid-term elections.