After a very long night, NBC News is calling the PA-18 special election, declaring Democrat Conor Lamb the “apparent winner” over Republican Rick Saccone.
That’s according to an NBC News projection that a worn-out but nonetheless cheery Steve Kornacki appeared on Morning Joe to report — watch above.
Per NBC, the Democrat was leading by 641 votes with 99 percent of the votes counted, in a district President Donald Trump won by double-digits in 2016.
Lamb declared victory in the race on Wednesday morning, but Saccone has yet to concede:
“Tonight we celebrate regaining our voice and our vote in the great business of governing this country we love.” PA congressional candidate Conor Lamb claims victory as he has a slight lead in the House race. CNN is not projecting a winner at this point. https://t.co/AipI22GSRf pic.twitter.com/ZpyI5le8ZK
— CNN (@CNN) March 14, 2018
Trump also recently campaigned for Saccone––though many of the headlines he generated during his Saturday rally had nothing to do with the candidate.
The polls have been pretty close, with Lamb a few points ahead of Saccone in the most recent one. And all throughout the night, the race was a real nail-biter.
There had been some reports leading up to tonight about how Lamb is receiving support from Republicans and Trump supporters in the district.
The reason for the special election happening in the first place, of course, is the resignation of incumbent Republican Tim Murphy after reports came out he tried to pressure a woman he was having an affair with into having an abortion.
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