A pro-abortion Democrat appears to have won a special election Tuesday in Pennsylvania, though some say the race remains too close to call.
Conor Lamb, a pro-abortion Democrat who claims to be a moderate and a devout Catholic, appears to have very narrowly defeated pro-life Republican Rick Saccone in the U.S. House race, the AP reports.
The race was extremely close, and absentee ballots still are being collected. According to the most recent tally published in the Pittsburgh Tribune, Lamb is 627 votes ahead of Saccone, or 0.27 percent of the total vote.
If Lamb indeed wins, he will flip the seat to the Democrats’ side. Republican Tim Murphy previously held the seat, but he resigned last year in scandal related to an extramarital affair and to allegedly pressuring his mistress to have an abortion.
The western Pennsylvania Congressional district supported Donald Trump in the presidential election, and Lamb’s victory is being championed as a major win for pro-abortion Democrats and a sign of growing backlash against Trump.
Lamb touted himself as a moderate on the campaign trail, but he is no moderate on abortion. He said he will not support even modest abortion restrictions, such as a ban on late-term abortions after 20 weeks.
“We believe that life begins at conception, but as a matter of separation of church and state, I think a woman has the right to choose under the law, so I would vote against” a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, Lamb told the Weekly Standard in February.
“I just want to say, I don’t use the term ‘pro-life’ to describe what I personally believe, because that’s a political term. It’s not one that you learn in Catholic school or anywhere else in the church,” he added.
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Pro-life advocates Robert Kania Jr. and Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List responded:
Abortions at five months and later are barbarically cruel. Anybody who has difficulty drawing the line at this point is not a moderate, but an extremist, and Catholic Church teaching provides no cover for this kind of indefensible practice.
Lamb’s position is not “separation of church and state” — it’s separation of politician and spine. It’s the maneuver of a man who dares not offend the Democratic party, which is increasingly united in lock step with the abortion lobby.
Despite Lamb’s apparent victory, pro-life Republicans still hold a strong majority in the U.S. House. According to the AP: “Democrats must flip 24 GOP-held seats this fall to seize control of the House, and months ago few had counted on this Pittsburgh-area district to be in play. The seat has been in Republican hands for the past 15 years.”
Some news outlets say a recount could happen, while others say the race is a certain victory for Lamb.