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CNN's Tapper tried to talk GOP candidate out of running against Democratic incumbent: report

CNN anchor Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime Cheney slams Trump on 'big lie' over election Biden adviser on schools reopening in the fall: 'We can't look in a crystal ball' MORE tried to dissuade House GOP candidate Sean Parnell from running against Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), according to a direct message on Twitter obtained by Fox News.

“And best of luck in your race. For the record, I wasn’t trying to talk you out of running -- I was trying to talk you into running in a safer R district! Lol,” Tapper, who is host of "The Lead" and "State of the Union," wrote to Parnell on Nov. 8, the direct message showed.

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The nonpartisan Cook Political Report lists Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District as "likely Democratic." Lamb narrowly won a special election in March 2018 by less than half a percentage point, defeating GOP nominee Rick Saccone in the neighboring 18th district. He later won a full term in the 17th district in November 2018 by beating former 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.

The Fox News article follows a similar report by Breitbart News, published Sept. 6, that said Tapper had denied to former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grennell that he asked Parnell to not run against Lamb.

The Hill has reached out to CNN and the Parnell campaign for comment.