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00:00:02
>> Southwest Pennsylvania steel country takes center stage Tuesday as voters head to the polls for a special congressional election with huge stakes for President Donald Trump.>> We in Trump country? Is this Trump country?>>
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>> In one corner, conservative Republican, Rick Saccone, a well liked state legislator running as a close ally of Trump in this blue collar district Trump won by 20 points in 2016.
00:00:27
>> We need him.>> Normally, that would be the end of the story, but opposing Saccone for this seat is 33 year old Democrat Connor Lamb, a centrist former Marine and prosecutor who has confounded the experts by pulling ahead in the home stretch.>> We worked really hard for it.
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>> Leaving Republicans scrambling to avoid an embarrassing loss. Reuters congressional reporter David Morgan.>> Connor Lamb, a Democrat, is riding a wave of voter enthusiasm among registered Democrats, many of whom dislike president Trump and see this election as a way to voice their disapproval.>> Voters like Bob Zelsnick.
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>> I think a lot of people are unhappy with the administration that's currently serving.>> Saccone seems to be hearing the criticism, ramping up his attacks, telling supporters Monday, Democrats are motivated by quote, hatred for President Trump. Many of them have a hatred for our country, he went on, even adding, I'll tell you some more.
00:01:31
My wife and I saw it again today, they have a hatred for God. Some Republican strategists thought Trump's recently announced steel tariffs were partly meant to shore up the working class vote in a district with deep historical ties to the industry. But if that was the strategy, the polling suggests it didn't help Saccone.
00:01:49
>> The White House has been very aggressive in sending visitors into the district to try to help salvage a victory for Saccone, The president visited for the second time over the weekend. The president's son, Donald Trump, Jr., campaigned with Saccone on the eve of election day.>> Trump is hoping the final blitz will be enough to get Saccone over the top, knowing a loss could even further energize a Democratic Party eager to disrupt his agenda with the 2018 midterm elections just months away.