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Conor Lamb defeats Trump-backed challenger for reelection in Pennsylvania

Conor Lamb defeats Trump-backed challenger for reelection in Pennsylvania
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Rep. Conor Lamb (D) was projected to win reelection Friday in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District in the western part of the state, defeating Army veteran and author Sean Parnell.

The Associated Press called the race at 11:41 a.m. EST.

Lamb made bipartisanship a focus of his reelection campaign, pointing out that most of his congressional votes have been on bipartisan bills. But Parnell criticized Lamb for voting to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE and sought to link Lamb to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack MORE (D-Calif.) and prominent progressive lawmakers.

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Lamb did not vote for Pelosi as Speaker in 2019 and instead backed Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedySupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote MORE (D-Mass.).

Parnell, previously a regular guest on Fox News, was touted by Trump shortly before entering the race, with the president calling him a "fantastic military man."

Lamb, a Marine Corps veteran and former federal prosecutor, was first elected to Congress in 2018, winning a special election after former Rep. Tim MurphyTim MurphyConor Lamb defeats Trump-backed challenger for reelection in Pennsylvania Biden receives endorsements from three swing-district Democrats A federal abortion law might be needed MORE (R) resigned. In the 2018 general election, Lamb defeated then-Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusConor Lamb defeats Trump-backed challenger for reelection in Pennsylvania CNN's Tapper tried to talk GOP candidate out of running against Democratic incumbent: report Lobbying world MORE (R) after Pennsylvania’s House districts were redrawn.

The Cook Political report had listed the 17th district race as "lean Democratic," but shifted it to "likely Democratic" the day before the election.