Trump, GOP face test in Pennsylvania special election

The first special House election of the year is seen as a test for President Trump and Republicans as they defend their majority in the midterms.
2:19 | 03/13/18

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Transcript for Trump, GOP face test in Pennsylvania special election
Also this morning that we have a key vote in the battle for control of congress it's happening in Pennsylvania the first special house election of the year is a big jester president trump and the GOP. As they defend their majority in the mid terms our chief national correspondent Tommy Imus is on the ground in mountain Lebanon Pennsylvania good morning time. George good morning to you this is a tiny district and it should be a local race but striking no attention. But now millions of dollars have poured in and president trump is fighting for political reputation. Why he won this district sorted Mitt Romney and John McCain and Republicans had held the seat for fifteen years but now all of a sudden. It's a tight race and according to the last pull the Democrat is up. This morning the poor little old world watching southwest Pennsylvania and district eighteen. Democrat Carter lamb 33 years old a retired Marine Corps captain taking on Republican week's opponent a sixty year old state rep. Backed by president drops I hate to put this pressure you're. The rule watch it. Because I want this is sick like by 22 points tell us. And since many see this race as a referendum on the president so cone making it clear he's on the trump train. It's about you know what it is making America great again Ariel. It's. Lay of outreach to comb but Republican groups and GOP pacs have poured more than ten million dollars into this race flooding the market with that. And. In response to those attacks Carter lamb has told voters he won't be a pull OC puppet. He's focused he says on issues that will help the district this is a time and our country where many of our most important promises. Seem to be up for grabs but even some of his own volunteers admit national politics and the present it. Is why they're voting to offer you this is a referendum on the president absolutely. All right that's politically and then turn it bella parents then who didn't Stecker made. Now for that voter that in a state was Pennsylvania going for president trump the polls are now open will stay open until 8 PM eastern. It's cold and it's no we often on George but both sides are fired up here ministry have a how much motivation we have many side later today as contempt for in my White House will be watching this one closely at.

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