I was hoping this race would be called tonight.
It doesn’t look like the final result will be reported until early tomorrow morning:
In the larger scheme of things, this result doesn’t matter much.
It isn’t going to cost Republicans the House of Representatives. The House map is also being redrawn because of a Pennsylvania State Supreme Court ruling. We’re only a few months out from the 2018 midterm elections. Still though, Donald Trump won this district by nearly 20 points over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. He also stumped for Saccone:
The Economy is raging, at an all time high, and is set to get even better. Jobs and wages up. Vote for Rick Saccone and keep it going!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette just endorsed Rick Saccone for Congress. He will be much better for steel and business. Very strong on experience and what our Country needs. Lamb will always vote for Pelosi and Dems….Will raise taxes, weak on Crime and Border.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2018
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2018
Heading to Moon Township, Pennsylvania, to be with a really good person, State Representative Rick Saccone, who is running for Congress. Big & happy crowd (why not, some of the best economic numbers ever). Rick will help me a lot. Also, tough on crime & border. Loves 2nd A & VETS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2018
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2018
The moral of the story: White working class populist voters who came out in droves to support Donald Trump have either stayed home or swung back to the Democrats.