CANONSBURG, Pa. — The two candidates competing in a special House election here on Tuesday were locked in an extraordinarily close race as a rescue operation by President Trump was put to the test by Democrats hoping to claim an upset in the heart of the president’s Rust Belt base.
With 99 percent of votes counted, Conor Lamb, a Democrat, was clinging to an 847-vote lead over Rick Saccone, a Republican, in a Pittsburgh-area district that Mr. Trump overwhelmingly carried in 2016. But a few thousand absentee ballots had not yet been counted, assuring that no winner would be declared until Wednesday at the earliest. And it was possible that a legal battle could ensue.
No matter the final outcome, Mr. Lamb’s strong showing demonstrated that the Trump-inspired energy propelling Democrats across the country is not confined to liberal-leaning regions, an ominous sign for Republicans who may have to defend a far broader section of districts this fall than they had hoped.
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