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Democrat Lamb's slim lead grows in western Pa. House bid

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 14, 2018 8:58 AM
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Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, center, celebrates with his supporters at his election night party in Canonsburg, Pa., early Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Mount Lebanon) -- Democrat Conor Lamb has added to his slim lead over Republican Rick Saccone in their closely watched special election for Congress in Pennsylvania.

Unofficial results show that Lamb's lead now stands at 641 votes -- out of more than 224,000 votes cast.

Election officials say there are about 200 absentee votes and an unknown number of provisional ballots still to be counted.

Lamb says he's confident he'll be the ultimate winner.

He tells CNN his campaign had made a push to help voters get absentee ballots.

Asked about his strong showing in a Republican district that Donald Trump carried by 20 points in 2016, Lamb says, "This is my home. You call it a red district, I call it western Pennsylvania."

Trump campaigned for Saccone last weekend, urging voters not to "be conned by this guy Lamb."

Asked about Trump's remarks, Lamb said, "There was a lot of foolishness in this election and a lot of really cartoonish campaigning, and I think by the time of the president's visit ... there was just a little bit of burnout on that type of campaigning."

But Lamb says there are still "plenty of people here who are still pretty supportive" of Trump.

The four counties in the western Pennsylvania district have seven days to count provisional ballots.

Either candidate's supporters can ask for a recount but there are stiff requirements.

Lamb's lead grew by 62 votes on this morning when Washington County finished counting absentee ballots.

The contest has drawn national attention as a bellwether for the midterm elections in November when the Republican Party's House and Senate majorities are at risk.

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