Polls closed at 8 PM ET in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, where Republican Rick Saccone faces Democrat Conor Lamb in a special election for the final months of former Republican Rep. Tim Murphy’s term. This Western Pennsylvania seat backed Trump 58-39 and Romney 58-41, but Republicans are worried that Trump’s unpopularity, as well as a weak campaign by Saccone and a strong effort from Lamb, will allow Democrats to flip this district. While a new map ordered by the state Supreme Court will dramatically change this seat’s boundaries ahead of the November general election, Republican outside groups have still spent millions to avoid what would be an embarrassing loss.
To help follow along as the results come in, David Jarman has set “benchmarks” for all four counties in the district—target numbers that Lamb would have to meet in order to narrowly win. We’re liveblogging the results below, and you can also follow our coverage on Twitter.
Okay! Here we are. Lamb-friendly Allegheny County has tallied its absentees, and those are now reflected in the results you’ll find at the links above. Lamb is currently up 847 votes, or 49.9 to 49.5 percent.
HOWEVER, the other three counties have not tallied their absentees yet, and only Westmoreland plans to do so tonight. In addition, there are still two regular, Election Day precincts left to count in Westmoreland, which is Saccone-friendly turf.
I think this was pretty obvious, but AP says it’s not going to issue a call tonight.
Big news, team:
Get ready to burn the midnight oil in #pa18: Washington County now is changing plans, will count 1,195 absentee ballots TONIGHT rather than tomorrow AM. Will take — gulp — “several hours,” county official tells @wolfblitzer
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 14, 2018
Listen, it’s not late if you’re in Hawaii. Let’s keep this party going over here.
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