Democrat poised to upset GOP in Pennsylvania special election

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(CNN)Democrat Conor Lamb is poised to deliver a stunning upset to the Republican Party in a Pennsylvania district Donald Trump handily won in 2016.

After a long night of drama, Lamb holds a 627-vote lead over Republican Rick Saccone. With 100% of precincts reporting, Lamb received 113,813 votes, or 49.8% of the vote, to Saccone’s 113,186 (49.6%).

There are some remaining votes to be counted, however, including provisional and any military or overseas ballots, which may currently still be in the mail but must be received by the counties by March 20.

Republicans have not ruled out the possibility of a recount, which isn’t mandatory for the district but could be requested by precinct with petitions from voters in the next few days.

“It took a little longer than we thought, but we did it,” he said. “You did it.”

Bob Branstetter, a top adviser to Saccone’s campaign, told CNN Wednesday morning that the campaign has not discussed a potential recount. But, he said, they are waiting for all votes to be counted before reaching a decision on conceding.

Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the party is not ruling out the possibility of a recount, and a source familiar with the process told CNN Wednesday morning that the GOP is likely to seek legal action over several areas in this race.

The party is going to request that all ballots and voting machines are impounded so nothing is tampered with to allow for a likely recount, the source said. They allege reports of “miscalibrations” of several voting machines in Allegheny County, including frozen touchscreens where voters intending to cast their ballot for Saccone were only presented with Lamb. The party also accuses the Allegheny County election board of not letting Republican officials into the room where absentee ballots were being counted.

The party also said that the Pennsylvania’s secretary of state website confused voters by noting new district lines set to take effect in November following the state Supreme Court’s order to redraw districts, the source added….


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