This seems to be pretty much over.
Conor Lamb ran on the opioid crisis, infrastructure, fracking, steel tariffs, supporting unions, health care, protecting entitlements and against the Trump tax cuts:
“The 18th Congressional District, covering four suburban and rural counties running 2,000 square miles dotted with hills and bridges outside Pittsburgh, is technically home to tens of thousands more Democrats than Republicans, according to registration numbers. But these are Democrats – white, blue-collar, aging, union-affiliated – who have been fleeing the party for years and flocked to Trump’s “America first” campaign that eschewed refined political rhetoric for populist fury. Trump carried the district by 19 points.
That’s why Lamb has chosen to separate himself from his own party more obviously than he has even Trump. …”
Who would have thought running on tax cuts for the rich wouldn't work in Western Pennsylvania? #PA18
— Virginia Dare (@vdare) March 14, 2018
Rick Saccone ran on mainstream conservatism. Conor Lamb made his pitch to the White working class voters who were attracted to Trump’s populist message. A year of dismissing concerns that Trump had shelved his populist platform with “you’re blackpilling me bro” ripened to fruition tonight.