The special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional district remains too close to call with Democratic candidate Conor Lamb leading Republican Rick Saccone by 641 votes with more than 1,000 absentee ballots left to be counted.
Leading up to the race, many analysts were expecting Lamb to complete an upset victory over Republican Rick Saccone. However, almost no one expected the race to be as close as it was.
Late Tuesday night, Lamb declared victory over Saccone, “It took a little longer than we thought, but we did it. You did it,” Lamb said speaking supporters shortly before 1 a.m.
Lamb led Saccone by 641 votes with 100 percent of the precincts reporting Wednesday according to The Associated Press.
Washington County still had 1,195 absentee ballots out early Wednesday and CNN reported that there were 203 absentee ballots left to count in Greene County. Both counties lean Republican to its estimated that Saccone will get more votes from the absentee ballots.
Until recently, Saccone was favored to win in a district which has voted Republican for years. President Trump won it in 2016 by a 20-point margin and it was held by Representative Tim Murphy (R ) until he resigned last year following allegations he had an affair.
Lamb secured an early lead by winning 57% of the vote in Allegheny County, which is the largest county in the district, while Saccone won by by the same margin in Westmoreland County.
Regardless of whether Lamb wins the race, Republicans will be even more nervous about the prospects of a wave election in November.
In the final weeks of the race, the White House and its allies traveled to Pennsylvania to support Saccone with President Trump holding a rally last Saturday, and despite all the money that was spent, and support from the White House, Democrats appear to have flipped a historically reliable Republican district.