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Dem holds slim lead in Pa. special election: poll

Dem holds slim lead in Pa. special election: poll
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Democrat Conor Lamb holds a slim lead in a new poll ahead of next week's high-profile special House election in Pennsylvania, a sign that Democrats could pull off an upset in the deep-red district. 

A new poll from Emerson College, released Monday, shows Lamb with 48 percent of the vote, compared to GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone's 45 percent. Only 7 percent of voters are undecided ahead of next Tuesday's election. 
 
The polling shows Lamb voters as more enthusiastic and engaged than Saccone voters. The Democrat also has a stronger net-favorability rating than Saccone. 
 
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Both sides are hoping that a victory could help set the narrative ahead of the midterms, since the race is one of the last competitive special elections before November.
 
Republican outside groups have been furiously spending in the district in the hopes of avoiding an upset in a district President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE won by 20 points. They've tarred Lamb by attempting to link him to former President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNew Alzheimer's drug sparks backlash over FDA, pricing Sunday shows preview: Biden foreign policy in focus as Dem tensions boil up back home It's not just Manchin: No electoral mandate stalls Democrats' leftist agenda MORE (D-Calif.), although Lamb has said he wouldn't vote for Pelosi to keep her leadership role. Republicans have also challenged Lamb's record as a prosecutor. 
 
But Lamb has largely weathered those attacks and is seeking to distance himself from the national party and frame himself as the pragmatic choice in the race. He's significantly outraised Saccone, and has received a modest boost from outside groups. 
 
The White House has sent significant resources into the district for Saccone. President Trump will return to the district next week for a campaign rally. Vice President Pence campaigned for Saccone there last month. 
 
 
Emerson polled 474 registered voters by calling landline telephones and through an internet panel from March 1-3. The poll has a margin of error of 4.8 percentage points.