In a late-night speech before local supporters, Democrat Conor Lamb declared victory in a tight race against Trump-backed Republican Rick Saccone in a special election in Pennsylvania.
At this writing, Lamb leads Saccone 113,111 votes vs. 112,532 votes, respectively. However, more than 1500 votes remain to be counted and no major news organization has declared a winner in the race.
Tuesday’s special election, which was convened to replaced former Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) after he was revealed to have asked his aide and mistress to get an abortion, was considered a final stand for the GOP as they struggled to maintain control of a district that President Donald Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016.
A Marine and an University of Pennsylvania graduate, Lamb previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney, and built much of his prosecutorial career targeting the opioid epidemic in Western Pennsylvania.
After Trump campaigned for Saccone in the western part of the state, some Republicans said his appearance there on the candidate’s behalf may have hurt his chances of winning. One woman even said it made her consider voting for Lamb.