PENNSYLVANIA 18 (R -- VACANT) | PA-18

Biden, Trump to Campaign Next Week

Lamb raised nearly five times as much as Saccone from Jan. 1 to Feb. 21.

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Ally Mutnick
March 2, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign with former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb (D) on Tuesday. Biden will hold a rally with union members at 3 p.m. and then host a public campaign rally at 5 p.m. (release)

Meanwhile, President Trump is “expected make a pre-election campaign stop on March 10 — his second visit to the district —” for state Rep. Rick Saccone (R), as the race appears to be tightening. “Republicans [are] nervously changing both positive messaging and attack lines, with little of it appearing to stick.” (Washington Post)

But, the rally “is still only ‘tentative’ for Trump, according to multiple sources. One Republican consultant close to Trump’s political operation said the tightening of the race in recent weeks has sparked worries of the damage to Trump should Saccone lose despite a presidential visit. ‘They’ll wave off if the numbers don’t get better,’ the consultant said on the condition of anonymity.” (Huffington Post)

“As of Feb. 27, Republican-aligned groups had spent $9.1 million on the race, led by the Congressional Leadership Fund with $2,972,150 and the National Republican Congressional Committee with $2,833,945. Democratic groups and labor unions, led by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, had spent just $855,591. Most of the Republican spending went to ads, the majority of which tried to center the race on Pelosi and the Republican-backed tax cuts. In the CLF’s own polling, Pelosi’s favorable rating in the district is 28 percent; as in the 2017 races, no Democratic name they tested had lower numbers.(Washington Post)

Meanwhile, CLF is on the air with a new TV ad hitting Lamb as “two-faced” for not admitting he’s a “Pelosi liberal.”

FUNDRAISING UPDATE. Financial reports due Thursday night show Lamb raised nearly fives times as much as Saccone from Jan. 1 to Feb. 21. Lamb hauled $3.3 million, spent $2.9 million and ended with $837,000 in the bank. Saccone raised $703,000, spent $600,000 and has $303,000 cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)

Vice President Mike Pence “solicited campaign donations for congressional candidate Rick Saccone in an email blast sent out Thursday afternoon. ‘Democrats are dead set on stopping Rick and taking back the House … Coastal liberals like Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer mean business — and we need to take them seriously,’ Pence wrote in the email before asking for contributions of ‘$25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford.’” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

ON THE TRAIL. “In dozens of interviews with voters last week in the 18th Congressional District, which runs from the suburbs south and east of Pittsburgh to the West Virginia border” there are “Trump voters who are now disappointed in his presidency, or at least have mixed feelings about it. … Many of these voters have historically been Democrats but now feel little allegiance to either party. In the interviews, they did not dwell on policy issues so much as vent their frustrations with the politicians both parties send to Washington, who bicker rather than solve problems.” (New York Times)

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