White House downplaying results of Pa. vote

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 15, 2018 4:37 AM

Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District celebrates with his supporters at his election night party in Canonsburg, Pa., early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Washington) -- The White House is warning against reading too much into the razor-thin outcome of a congressional race in a Pennsylvania district President Donald Trump carried by double digits in 2016.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says Trump's campaigning for Rick Saccone "turned what was a deficit for the Republican candidate to what is essentially a tie."

Trump won the district by 20 points in the last presidential eleciton.

Shah also says Democrat Conor Lamb "really embraced the president's policies and his vision." Lamb currently holds a narrow lead.

The race has been viewed as a bellwether for Republican performance in the November midterms, with the GOP expected to face significant headwinds at the polls.

Shah says Republicans should not shy away from Trump, asserting, "Candidates that embrace the president going into this fall, we think, will have a better prospect."

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