Democrat Conor Lamb is playing down comments by political pundits that the contest for a House seat in Pennsylvania against Rep. Rick Saccone is a referendum on President Donald Trump, The Hill reported on Tuesday.
"I'm happy for them that their voices are going to be heard all around the world today," Lamb said about the special election. "But this is a local race, people are voting for either me or Rick Saccone I don't think it has anything to do with the president."
Lamb is seeking in Tuesday's vote to pull off a major upset in a district that Trump won by 20 percentage points in the presidential election. Other recent Republican candidates have also handily won the district.
Polls show Lamb with a narrow lead over Saccone for a seat that has been held by Republicans for almost two decades.
As the polls throughout the race continued to show a tight race, the White House increasingly tried to bolster Saccone, with Trump holding a campaign event this past Saturday and the president's son Donald Trump, Jr., visiting on Monday.
The special election was made necessary to fill the House seat vacated after Tim Murphy resigned in October amid a marital scandal, according to TribLive.
Lamb has raised more than four times the money that Saccone has, with about $3.8 million in direct contributions compared to the Republican's $900,000. But outside groups have spent more than $10 million for Saccone compared to only some $1.6 million for Lamb.
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