Last week, a special Republican convention nominated state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Elizabeth/Jefferson Hills) as the party’s special congressional nominee for the March 13th special election to replace resigned US Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pittsburgh). On Sunday, Democrats followed suit in their special nominating convention. The winner: former Assistant US Attorney Conor Lamb, whose father is the Pittsburgh city controller and his grandfather a former state Senate Democratic leader. Mr. Lamb won the party nomination on the second ballot, defeating Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli and ex-Obama Administration Veterans Affairs official Pam Iovino. The other four candidates were eliminated in the first vote, failing to secure 10% of the vote.
In a southwestern Pennsylvania seat that President Trump carried by 20 percentage points, Mr. Saccone begins the special election campaign as a heavy favorite to capture the seat. The winner will then turnaround and compete in the April regular election primary.
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