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>> Democrat Conor Lamb hangs on to a narrow lead in a hotly contested south west Pennsylvania House special election, but the Republicans say it isn't over.>> We're gonna win it.>> I'm Justin Mitchell in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, where it looks like Lamb might have pulled off a spectacular upset, snatching a solidly Republican seat in a district where President Trump won by 20 points in 2016.
But Lamb's lead is slim, and everyone's being very careful not to call this race just yet. In fact, Republicans say they are not ruling out a possible recount or other legal action. And they're waiting until another batch of provisional ballots are counted on Friday. So Lamb and his supporters celebration might have to wait at least a couple more days.
>> But even while the GOP is waiting on the provisional ballots, the New York Times reported later Wednesday that there weren't enough of them to close the gap and declared Lamb the winner. Lamb, a 33 year old former Marine and federal prosecutor, ran a centrist campaign supporting unions, Medicare, and Social Security, but also gun rights and President Trump's steel tariffs.
State officials say the earliest the results could be certified is March 26th. Still, this is an ominous sign for President Trump and the Republicans just months before the 2018 midterms. House speaker Paul Ryan told Republican law makers behind closed doors Wednesday morning that this is a wake up call, but tried to play it down to reporters later.
>> We need to execute, we need to get our message, we need to make sure that our candidates aren't massively out raised and out spent.>> Republican Rick Saccone, who has not conceded, sent out a fundraising message Wednesday saying the race was not over and vowed on election night to fight to the very end.
>> You know I never give up.