In a region Trump carried by 20 points, the White House has scrambled to rally voters behind Saccone, who cast himself as the president's "wingman", but has struggled at times to connect with the blue-collar coalition that fueled Trump's victory little more than a year ago.

Trump Jr. joined Republican candidate Rick Saccone at Sarris Candies in Canonsburg Monday to tour the facility and encourage President Trump's base to get out to the polls. "... What I think it's going to take is people in Congress who are willing to do more than just talk, who are willing to actually work together and stay late, if it requires that, and do some things that would really produce change". They have a hatred for our president.

"Saccone backs a lot of President Trump's plans for the country", said Gelb, a 48-year-old fire technician who lives in Mt. Lebanon. When they cheered he responded, "I like you too".

Democrat Conor Lamb on Tuesday downplayed the idea that his special election House race is a referendum on President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE. They had anxious that Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., was on track to lose a special 2017 election in suburban Atlanta; her four-point victory went on to boost morale so much that she would hold pep talks for Republican candidates.

Saccone, the author of the book "God in Our Government", has been described as having ties to Dominionism.

"If we turn out the support that is here for him", he said, "He'll win". Republicans have a 24-seat advantage in the House pending the outcome in Pennsylvania. "And there are people who love him, and they'll turn out".

The vice president argues that Trump's entire agenda is on the line in a race that is being viewed as a bellwether of a challenging midterm election cycle for Republicans.

"He's pro-gun, he's pro-tariff, he's pro-Trump, essentially", Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel said in a Monday radio interview.

And he embraces unions, highlighting Saccone's anti-labor record at the statehouse - a noticeable deviation from Murphy's status as a union-friendly Republican. President Donald Trump won the district by about 20 points in 2016. And with 11 days to go in the race, Lamb's campaign has over $800,000 in cash on hand, to Saccone's $300,000.

But the area covered by the 18th district had been trending Republican for decades.

Saccone, meanwhile, portrayed himself as an underdog, as national Republicans quietly blamed him for the closeness of the race.

According to FEC filings posted Thursday, Lamb dramatically outraised Saccone from January 1 through February 21, the final complete filing period before the special election, which is set for March 13. Registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans by nearly a four-to-three ratio in a district where gun rights are a high priority, and Democrats still hold some local offices. The Republican had won his party's nomination in an upset, after winning four terms in the state house through low-dollar, grass-roots campaigns.

Saccone hopes Republicans turn up big for today's special election.

Already those around Trump are distancing the president from Saccone. That has required outside groups and the national party to come into the district, which should be a safe one, to try to rescue Saccone. They largely abandoned Roy Moore, the scandal-plagued nominee in last year's Alabama Senate race who lose to Democrat Doug Jones.

Over the weekend, Lamb celebrated an endorsement from the United Mine Workers, a union that sat out the 2016 election rather than endorse Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Lamb's campaign has raked in almost $3.9 million to Saccone's roughly $918,000.

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