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Red to blue? Dems claim victory in Pennsylvania 18’s special election




Conor Lamb, Democratic congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district, greets supporters at an election night rally March 14, 2018 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
Conor Lamb, Democratic congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district, greets supporters at an election night rally March 14, 2018 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
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After a long night of counting ballots in Pennsylvania’s District 18 special House election, Democrat Connor Lamb claimed an upset victory against GOP congressman Rick Saccone.

But the votes were so close on Tuesday night that even the Associated Press decided to sleep on making a final call, with absentee ballots still coming in.

As of Wednesday morning, Lamb holds a lead by 627 votes and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has also declared victory.

In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump won the district by double digits. Now, Pennsylvania's results echo Republican Roy Moore’s stunning loss to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate special election last December.

Has District 18 really gone blue? Or is it a purple flap? And what does this mean for midterm elections in November? We get the latest from POLITICO reporter Gabriel Debenedetti.

With guest host Libby Denkmann.

Guest:

Gabriel Debenedetti, national political reporter at POLITICO who’s been following the story; he tweets @gdebenedetti