Trump and the Republican Party have gone all-in to prevent an embarrassing defeat, one that would signal the potential for larger GOP losses in the November midterm elections.
President Trump will travel to Pennsylvania's 18th District ahead of Tuesday's special election to fill the seat vacated by former Republican congressman Tim Murphy. Their investment comes despite the fact that the district as now drawn will cease to exist by this November because of a gerrymandering case that requires the state's districts be redrawn.
Trump said Lamb was "nice looking" and "a nice guy", but urged the crowd to vote for Saccone as Lamb couldn't be trusted to vote with Republicans. A Republican candidate did not make it into the runoff election in that heavily Democratic district. Signed into law last Thursday, they're expected to take effect within 15 days and face stiff opposition from congressional Republicans. White House officials also are studying tougher noncapital penalties for large-scale dealers. "Loves 2nd A & VETS". The Cook Political Report downgraded it "Toss Up" on February 28, and recent polls have the pair in a statistical dead heat.
'Think of it, you kill one person you get the death penalty, in many states, ' Trump said on Saturday night at a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. Instead, they insist this race is unique because of the specific candidates running.
Saccone's Democratic opponent, Conor Lamb, is seen as a "far superior candidate" by other Republicans as well, per the report.
But, it's also about Lamb's style and charisma, Republicans say.
The president noted that both Lamb and Saccone both have endorsed the tariffs.
Democrats and Republicans involved in the race agree on a few things.
"We need Republicans, we need their votes". The PAC has two field offices in western Pennsylvania and 50 people on the ground, knocking on doors on behalf of Saccone, an enormous investment for a single House race.
In one heavily GOP neighborhood in Westmoreland County, east of Pittsburgh, campaign materials from the RNC and CLF hung on almost every door Sunday.
In contrast, Lamb has raised over $3 million directly and has largely operated without the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which some operatives admit could have been a liability for him.
Democrat Conor Lamb has proven to be a stellar candidate.
In fact, in a recent TV ad, he explicitly sent that message about his differences with the top Democrat in the House.
The opioid crisis has especially hit southwestern Pennsylvania.
Saccone has argued that he has the support of rank-and-file union members, if not union leadership.
A key difference between Murphy and Saccone: Murphy tended to have labor union support. "And they don't even put you in jail", Trump said. "He's never going to vote for us. I don't think we should play games".
While Lamb has intentionally kept the national party at arm's length, he welcomed Vice President Joe Biden into the district last week, who compared Lamb's call to serve to his own late son's, Beau.
"If President Trump is in your corner", he said, "how can you lose?"
Colleen Wooten, a Steelworkers staff representative, said Lamb has connected with the region's working class.
Mr Trump also said 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports will boost Pennsylvania's economy. He raged against Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto for refusing to pay for a border wall: "I said: 'Are you crazy?'".
Warren, whose mother's family was part Native American, tweeted that community is the target of many crimes, and she wishes Trump "would focus on that rather than making Native people the butt of a joke".
"The president and his policies are popular in PA-18", said Alexander. "I think they wanna do something".