PITTSBURGH — Republicans won’t be conceding anytime quickly in Pennsylvania’s tightly contested particular election, the place Democrat Conor Lamb holds a slim lead over Republican Rick Saccone in Tuesday’s election.
Lamb’s marketing campaign and Democratic teams have declared him the winner, as he sits with lower than a 700 vote lead. NBC Information additionally projected him because the “obvious winner” early Wednesday morning as extra absentee ballots trickled in.
There are nonetheless about 203 absentee ballots after which extra provisional and navy ballots left to be counted, however Saccone must win an awesome majority of these excellent ballots to win.
Saccone’s marketing campaign has not but conceded, telling MSNBC that it’ll wait till all of these votes are in to evaluate the scenario. That might take so long as per week.
The nationwide Republican Celebration, in the meantime, is hinting that it might search to pressure a recount.
Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee, which sunk greater than $three million into serving to Saccone throughout the end line, mentioned in a short assertion that “we’re ready for provisional ballots to be counted. We aren’t ruling out a recount.”
There isn’t any automated recount provision for down-ballot races in Pennsylvania. However a gaggle of voters supporting a candidate are allowed to push for a recount with trigger.
A supply acquainted with the scenario additionally instructed The Hill that the GOP plans to name for all ballots and voting machines to be positioned beneath lock and key in case of a recount. And they’re additionally prone to file a lawsuit primarily based off of three issues — confusion over the Pennsylvania Secretary of State’s new web site, allegations that Republican attorneys have been kicked out of rooms the place absentee ballots have been counted and that Allegheny County voting machines have been miscalibrated.
The Hill couldn’t instantly independently affirm these allegations.