Hours after the polls closed in Pennsylvania’s congressional special election the race remains too close to call; with Democrat Conor Lamb ahead of Republican Rick Saccone by just 641 votes out of over 220,000 votes cast.
Despite the razor-thin margin, the Democratic hopeful declared victory late Tuesday night, telling a packed audience the results “took a little longer than we thought.”
“It took a little longer than we thought,” said Lamb, a former marine. “We followed what I learned in the Marines – leave no one behind. We went everywhere; we talked to everyone; we invited everyone in.”
‘Not so fast,’ say Pennsylvania Republicans.
The GOP candidate has not yet conceded; claiming a recount may be needed and every absentee ballot counted before a winner can be officially declared.
“This race is too close to call and we’re ready to ensure that every legal vote is counted,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Matt Gorman said Tuesday evening. “Once they are, we’re confident Rick Saccone will be the newest Republican member of Congress.”