With 48 hours to go before the polls close in Pennsylvania’s 18th District and voters decide the nail-biter special election, some insiders see a draw.
“Toss a coin,” Franklin and Marshall University Prof. G. Terry Madonna told Newsmax on Saturday, in between appearances on CNN and Fox News.
With an Emerson College poll last week showing Democrat Conor Lamb leading Republican Rick Saccone by 48 to 45 percent among likely voters, Republicans stepped up final efforts to turn out the vote for their man.
Along with President Trump’s much-publicized appearance for State Rep. Saccone on Saturday night, Vice President Mike Pence sent out hard-hitting emails underscoring the importance of the special election.
Also weighing in for Saccone was James L. Martin, president of the SixtyPlus Seniors Association. At an appearance in the Western Pennsylvania district, Martin presented Saccone with an award for his support of repealing the estate tax and announced that SixtyPlus would unleash 50,000 robocalls on the Republican’s behalf featuring singing legend Pat Boone.
“And among seniors, Pat Boone is the gold standard,” Martin told Newsmax.
Although former Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts have campaigned on behalf of former federal prosecutor Lamb, Democrats are primarily focusing on identifying supporters of their candidates and turning them out.
At a packed phone-bank in Carnegie, Pa., last Thursday, Newsmax phoned the building jammed with union members and college students working the phones for Lamb. Canvassers were given materials and maps of neighborhoods in which to identify friendly voters.
“I just canvassed my 1,000th home,” former Dormont mayoral candidate Richard Grubb told me. “I hit 60 homes this morning, and one lady came to the edge of her driveway and told me all these reasons she didn’t like Trump. She kept saying ‘and because’ ‘and because.’”
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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