UPDATE: Democrat Conor Lamb is the self-declared winner of the election by a razor-thin margin, but Republican Rick Saccone is challenging the results in a recount. Lamb was put over the top by absentee ballots in Democrat-heavy Allegheny County, which CNN (the only media outlet in the vote-counting room) tallied following a five-minute upload by an election official.
Reports are surfacing out of Pennsylvania’s 18th District that the vote is being suppressed, with some voters not allowed to cast their votes at polling places.
The special election Tuesday between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb is being held in the existing 18th Congressional District. The majority-Democrat Pennsylvania Supreme Court has been trying to re-district the 18th, but that new map is being challenged on appeal. Thus, everyone understands that Tuesday’s election is for voters in the CURRENT 18th district.
But sources on the ground say that some polling places are refusing to let some voters from the 18th District cast their votes because they are recognizing the new districting, which doesn’t officially exist yet.
A phone operator from the Saccone campaign confirmed shortly before 3:30 PM that they’ve heard similar reports and are “trying to figure out what’s going on.”
Big League Politics will stay on top of all news coming out of Pennsylvania’s 18th District.
“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year struck down the boundaries of the state’s 18th congressional district — where voters decide Tuesday between Republican Rick Saccone or Democrat Conor Lamb – saying the boundaries were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans.
The Democrat-controlled court has drawn a new map that puts Saccone and Lamb’s homes in separate districts. However, the matter is now in the hands of a three-judge federal panel, which is considering an appeal by Republican lawmakers.
Lamb and Saccone could have a rematch in November in the new district or in the existing one — left open last fall when eight-term GOP Rep. Tim Murphy resigned from Congress.”