RNC spokeswoman: Dem 'has essentially run as a Republican' in Pa. House race

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said that Democratic candidate Conor Lamb “has essentially run as a Republican” in the Pennsylvania House special election.

“He’s pro-gun. He says he’s personally pro-life. He says he’s pro-coal, he’s pro-tariff. He says he's anti-Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSenate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump House Republicans grumble about the 'worst process ever' Senate bracing for possible long weekend MORE,” McEnany said on ABC News ahead of the election results Tuesday.

“Imagine that, a Democratic candidate who’s against Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader,” she said. “He has made himself into essentially a Republican. So you have a Republican in name and a Republican in truth running against one another.”


McEnany was referring to GOP candidate Rick Saccone in her comments.

Lamb has said he is personally against abortion, but supports abortion rights. He has also promised to vote against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in her next leadership bid.

Republicans spent the last few days of the campaign trying to avoid an upset by Lamb in the election. The Democrat had held a lead over Saccone in the latest polls ahead of the election.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE campaigned for Saccone in Pennsylvania last week, and Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpBannon: If Kelly leaves White House, Trump won't replace him Trump says he has 'tremendous support' on college campuses John Dowd’s resignation sets Trump up for trouble in Mueller probe MORE also traveled to the district this week to stump for the candidate.

Democrats have highlighted a possible win by Lamb as a sign they can flip deep-red districts in upcoming elections.