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Politics Moulton: Pa. House election shows Dems 'can compete and win everywhere'

06:41  14 march  2018
06:41  14 march  2018 Source:

Trump says U.S. will counteract any meddling in 2018 election

  Trump says U.S. will counteract any meddling in 2018 election President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was interference by Russia and probably by other countries in the 2016 U.S. election, and the United States would counteract any attempt at meddling in the November 2018 elections. "Well the Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever, but certainly there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals," Trump said at a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stephan Lofven."We're doing a very very deep study and we're coming with some ... very strong suggestions on the '18 election ...

Seth Moulton wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said the the results in the Pennsylvania House special election showed that "Democrats can compete and win everywhere."

Moulton, who campaigned for Democrat Conor Lamb in the race, said that "on paper, [Conor Lamb] shouldn't have stood a chance in this district."

"Tonight we learned that Democrats can compete and win everywhere - and that every vote counts," Moulton continued. "I look forward to serving in Congress with Conor when all the votes are counted."

The Pennsylvania House election between Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone was declared too close to call Tuesday night, and absentee ballots will be counted into Wednesday to determine a winner.

However, the results are considered a warning sign for Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterms, after President Trump won the district by nearly 20 points in the 2016 election.

Moulton had backed Lamb, a fellow veteran, in the race and campaigned for the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania last week.

Both men have also been critical of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with Lamb promising not to vote for Pelosi during her next leadership bid.

As of late Tuesday, Lamb had 111,875 votes to Saccone's 111,028 votes - a margin of 847 votes with nearly all of them counted. However, absentee votes from GOP-leaning areas have yet to be counted, and it's unclear if those ballots will make up the difference.

Trump has not called Putin since his election, White House says .
President Donald Trump has yet to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election, and a phone call between the two leaders has yet to be set up , the White House said Monday. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters that the Trump administration will "work to cultivate the relationship we have with Russia" but added that they will also "obviously" impose "costs when Russia threatens our interests."When asked by reporters if the administration believed the Russian election was "free and fair," Gidley would only respond, "we're not surprised by the outcome.

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