Former Vice President Biden came forth this Wednesday to congratulate Democrat Conor Lamb after Lamb declared victory in his bid for a Pittsburgh-area special election House seat.
“The people of Pennsylvania’s 18th district showed up yesterday,” Biden wrote.
“They demonstrated that they want to be represented by someone who stands up for working people with actions, not just words. Who has heart. They found that in @ConorLambPA. He will represent them well.”
The people of Pennsylvania’s 18th district showed up yesterday. They demonstrated that they want to be represented by someone who stands up for working people with actions, not just words. Who has heart. They found that in @ConorLambPA. He will represent them well.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 14, 2018
The special election House race in Pennsylvania was too close to call this Wednesday.
Lamb’s odds of seizing an upset win over Republican Rick Saccone remain promising leading the Democrat to prematurely declare victory early Wednesday morning.
Lamb was ahead by 641 votes with 100 percent of the precincts reporting Wednesday morning, according to the Associated Press. However there are still absentee ballots to be counted.
“It took a little longer than we thought, but we did it. You did it,” Lamb announced to his supporters at his election night party shortly before 1 a.m., as he was introduced as “congressman-elect.”
Republicans also came forth this Wednesday to claim that they will not be conceding until the results are officially declared.
There remain about 200 absentee ballots including additional provisional and military ballots left to be counted, but Saccone would need to capture an overwhelming majority of those outstanding ballots to pull off a victory.
Saccone’s campaign has yet to concede, explaining to MSNBC that it will wait until all of those votes are in to properly assess the situation. Which could take as long as a week.
The national Republican Party, meanwhile, is already suggesting a recount.