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Moulton: Pa. House election shows Dems 'can compete and win everywhere'

Moulton: Pa. House election shows Dems 'can compete and win everywhere'
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonOvernight Defense: Iran talks set up balancing act for Biden | Pentagon on alert amid Russian saber rattling | Lawmakers urge Pentagon to be pickier about commanders' requests for more troops Is it okay to waste infrastructure dollars? Lawmakers want Pentagon, DOJ to punish current, former military members who participated in riot MORE (D-Mass.) said the results in the Pennsylvania House special election showed that “Democrats can compete and win everywhere.”

Moulton, who campaigned for Democrat Conor Lamb in the race, said that “on paper, [Conor Lamb] shouldn't have stood a chance in this district.”

“Tonight we learned that Democrats can compete and win everywhere — and that every vote counts,” Moulton tweeted. “I look forward to serving in Congress with Conor when all the votes are counted.”

 

 

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The Pennsylvania House election between Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone was declared too close to call Tuesday night, and absentee ballots will be counted into Wednesday to determine a winner.

However, the results are considered a warning sign for Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, after President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE won the district by nearly 20 points in the 2016 election.

Moulton had backed Lamb, a fellow veteran, in the race and campaigned for the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania last week.

Both men have also been critical of House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden: US to hit 200M vaccine target on Wednesday | House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package | FDA finds multiple failures at J&J plant House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package House Democrats eye passing DC statehood bill for second time MORE (D-Calif.), with Lamb promising not to vote for Pelosi during her next leadership bid.

As of late Tuesday, Lamb had 111,875 votes to Saccone’s 111,028 votes — a margin of 847 votes with nearly all of them counted. However, absentee votes from GOP-leaning areas have yet to be counted, and it's unclear if those ballots will make up the difference.