There’s a growing sentiment in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District that change may be coming. That change could be coming in the form of Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old former marine who is running on the progressive ticket. Conor Lamb will be competing against Rick Saccone for a seat that hasn’t gone to the Democrats since the early ’90s. In a conventional election year, Lamb would likely have no shot at scoring a seat in such a red district. However, since the election of Trump, we’ve long since left conventionality in politics.
In 2016, the election of Donald Trump to the White House rocked the world. Republicans had gained a majority at every level in Washington D.C. and many figured this would mean that a GOP-fueled agenda would be swinging through the United States. Instead, the opposite has been happening. Since Trump’s election, Democrats have flipped 34 red seats, scored a Governor seat, and even won a Senate seat in deep-red Alabama. This blue wave looks to continue on March 13th in the Special Election that we introduced you to going on in Pennsylvania.
In order for Conor Lamb to succeed in his bid against establishment Republican Rick Saccone, he is going to need to go out and get his base enthusiastic. For this to happen, End Citizens United will be counted on. End Citizens United is a PAC that has been working hard over the years to put progressive legislators into office. End Citizens United raised millions of dollars during the 2016 election in order to help support candidates that would not otherwise have been able to raise funding. End Citizens United chose to endorse Conor Lamb because Lamb has become a champion for campaign finance reform. Lamb, like many other progressives, believes that it is important to keep money out of politics and this means pushing for a constitutional amendment in Washington D.C. to overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision.
Now, special elections are notorious for having low voter turnout so no matter how this race goes, expect it to be tight. Despite the tightness of this race, there is no denying that Lamb has momentum on his side. Lamb made an appearance at the American Legion located southwest of Pittsburgh in order to host an impromptu rally. 80+ people arrived in order to cheer him on. The rally included veterans, union workers, and moderates on both sides of the aisle which showcased Lamb’s broad appeal.
Please also check “The Man Behind Citizens United Is Just Getting Started.”