The Pennsylvania special election is pure madness

Special elections are expensive and redundant. Enough already!

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All the political world's eyes will turn this Tuesday to southwestern Pennsylvania and the special election between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone for a House seat vacated by a scandal-ridden GOP congressman. Since every seat matters and there are only a few contests happening at the moment, an absurd amount of money has poured into the district; as of last Monday, nearly $12 million had been spent on ads that are no doubt driving residents batty. Things have gotten so intense that as Lamb seemed to pull even in this district President Trump won by 20 points, Republicans started berating their own candidate to reporters in order to get a head start on the post-voting spin.

When the results are in, endless hot takes will be written about What It Means. If Lamb wins, it will show that Democrats are headed for a wave that will sweep the House into their control. If Saccone holds on, it will show that Republicans might have a chance to stave off disaster.

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