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Politics No mandatory recount for Pennsylvania special election

07:12  14 march  2018
07:12  14 march  2018 Source:   cnn.com

What happens if the Pennsylvania special election goes to a recount

  What happens if the Pennsylvania special election goes to a recount The race is getting down to the wire. The special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone is tight. The special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone is tight. Election watchers are starting to speculate it may not be called Tuesday night at all and could even be headed for a recount.

ELIZABETH , PA - MARCH 13: Voters place their ballots in a special election between Democratic candidate Conor Lamb and Republican candidate Rick Saccone March 13, 2018 at the Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Elizabeth , Pennsylvania. The candidates are running to fill the vacated 18th Congressional District seat held by former Representative Tim Murphy who resigned after disclosure of an extra-marital affair. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images © Jeff Swensen/Getty Images ELIZABETH , PA - MARCH 13: Voters place their ballots in a special election between Democratic candidate Conor Lamb and Republican candidate Rick Saccone March 13, 2018 at the Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Elizabeth , Pennsylvania. The candidates are running to fill the vacated 18th Congressional District seat held by former Representative Tim Murphy who resigned after disclosure of an extra-marital affair. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

A recount is not mandatory in Tuesday's special election for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, according to Pennsylvania Secretary of State spokesperson Wanda Murren.

DCCC declares victory in Pa. special election despite race being too close to call

  DCCC declares victory in Pa. special election despite race being too close to call The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House Democrats' campaign arm, declared victory in Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania, even as experts declared the race too close to call."I want to congratulate Conor Lamb and his team of grassroots supporters on an incredible victory. I'm excited to have Conor as a colleague and look forward to working with him on critical issues facing our country," DCCC chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luj n (D-N.M.) said in a statement..@DCCC just declared victory in #PA18pic.twitter.

Despite the tight vote count, Murren said there was no recount requirement for this election because it's a district race, not statewide.

Early Wednesday morning, there was still no clear-cut winner, as the vote margin remained neck and neck between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb with all votes counted except absentee ballots.

However, Murren noted that petitions for a recount are allowed. Those require three voters from each precinct, and they have five days after the county completes its computation to file the petition.

The race is to fill the seat of former Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned after allegedly urging a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion. President Donald Trump comfortably won the red district in 2016.

CNN's Eric Bradner, Adam Levy and Gary Tuchman contributed to this report.

Saccone concedes Pennsylvania US House race to Lamb .
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Republican Rick Saccone concedes Pennsylvania congressional race to Democrat Conor Lamb.Lamb, 33, claimed the seat by about 750 votes in a Republican-held district that President Donald Trump won by almost 20 percentage points just 16 months ago. Lamb, who struck a moderate tone during the race and was backed by the district's influential labor unions, beat Saccone, a state lawmaker who had compiled one of the most conservative voting records in the state Legislature.

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