Poll: Pro-Abortion ‘Catholic’ Leads in Crucial PA Race

by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 13, 2018   

Leftist surge boosting Democrat Conor Lamb's campaign

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PITTSBURGH (ChurchMilitant.com) - Voters in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District are casting ballots today to choose their next representative.

The special election pits Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone against Democrat Conor Lamb, a prosecuting attorney.

Though Saccone, a staunchly pro-life, pro-family Christian conservative, led the race during much of the campaign, a Monday Monmouth University poll suggests Lamb, a pro-abortion, self-described Catholic, now has the advantage (51percent to 45 percent).

Saccone's pro-life stance has earned him the endorsement of groups like the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, LifePAC and CatholicVote.org.

CatholicVote.org President Brian Burch describes him as "one of the strongest and most consistent pro-life voices in the Pennsylvania state legislature."

Pro-life Republican Rep. Rick Saccone

"He's also been a tireless champion of religious liberty," Burch adds, "fighting the Left's attempts to sanitize all religious expression in ... life."

Meanwhile. Lamb, painted as a "moderate" Democrat by Establishment Media, supports Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Asked his position on the right to life for the unborn, he replied, "Choice is the law of the land. I will defend that law."
When pressed whether he opposes taxpayer funding for abortion, a key plank in the Democratic Party platform, he demurred. "A lot of those issues, I think, we can get into later," the young politician replied.
Widely regarded as a defining opener to the 2018 midterm elections, the contest is fundamental to Democrats' push to retake Congress from the Republican majority.
Lamb's campaign footsoldiers are emphasizing his religious roots because they help distract from the politician's pro-abortion profile.
"Election experts are watching this race very closely," Burch writes. "What happens here will set the stage for the critical midterm elections coming this November — especially in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin — all states where Democratic senators are seeking re-election."
"The district sits on the border of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia," Burch observes. "So Democrats are hoping to steal a victory in this critical Rust Belt District by turning working-class voters that propelled Trump to victory against him."
Pro-abortion Democrat, Conor Lamb
The 18th Congressional District went Republican in the 2016 election, with Trump winning 58.1 percent of the vote. But Democrats hope to flip the seat by targeting Catholics.
Burch reports that "Democratic canvassers are now going door-to-door telling voters to 'vote for the Catholic' in the race. They're hoping to fool Catholics in this conservative Rust Belt district into voting for pro-abortion 'Catholic' Conor Lamb."
Lamb's campaign footsoldiers are emphasizing his religious roots because they help distract from the politician's pro-abortion profile.
"Western Pennsylvania is Catholic territory," he writes. "There are over 300,000 Catholic voters in this district alone. And the politicians know the Catholic vote will be the decisive factor."
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