- The Washington Times - Friday, March 2, 2018

Democrat Conor Lamb reported raising $3.3 million in 2018, far outpacing his Republican rival Rick Saccone in the special election race playing out in western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Lamb has now raised a total of $3.8 million and had $837,000 cash on hand ahead of the March 13 election in the 18th Congressional District. Mr. Saccone, meanwhile, raised $703,000 over the same period, leaving him with $303,000 in the bank.

Mr. Lamb’s success on the fundraising front is part of a broader trend playing out in a races across the country where the Democrats running have shown fundraising prowess.

Mr. Saccone, though, has benefited from a barrage of spending from outside groups that have blanketed the television airwaves with commercials attacking Mr. Lamb and warning voters that the Democrat is not conservative enough for the district, which President Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2018.

Republicans are looking to avoid another embarrassing loss following Roy Moore’s high-profile defeat in the special election for the Senate in Alabama last year, while Democrats believe a victory there could be a demoralizing blow for the GOP as it looks to defend its House majority in the midterm elections.

Mr. Trump has already visited the district once, and news reports say he could return March 10. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is set to headline a pair of rallies for Mr. Lamb on Tuesday.

Democrats need to flip control of 24 seats to win control of the House.

The seat in the 18th Congressional District, which includes the suburbs south of Pittsburgh and some more rural areas, opened up last year after Republican Rep. Tim Murphy resigned after allegations surfaced of an extramarital affair.

• This story is based in part on wire reports.

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