Perhaps you’ve heard that Republicans are in a panic over the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district. In a nutshell, here’s why:
The 18th is a strong Republican district, one that Donald Trump won by 19 points. Even a centrist Democrat shouldn’t have much of a chance. But Conor Lamb has been steadily gaining ground since the start of the year, despite Republicans outspending Democrats by $9 million to $1 million.
Also: this is one of those gerrymandered districts that a judge tossed out a couple of weeks ago. In November it will be less Republican than it is now. If Lamb wins, Republicans can kiss this district goodbye for a good long time.
The election is next Tuesday. Stay tuned.