Hours after the polls closed in Pennsylvania’s congressional special election the race remains too close to call; with Democrat Conor Lamb ahead of Republican Rick Saccone by just 641 votes out of over 220,000 votes cast.
Despite the razor-thin margin, the Democratic hopeful declared victory late Tuesday night, telling a packed audience the results “took a little longer than we thought.”
“It took a little longer than we thought,” said Lamb, a former marine. “We followed what I learned in the Marines – leave no one behind. We went everywhere; we talked to everyone; we invited everyone in.”
‘Not so fast,’ say Pennsylvania Republicans.
The GOP candidate has not yet conceded; claiming a recount may be needed and every absentee ballot counted before a winner can be officially declared.
“This race is too close to call and we’re ready to ensure that every legal vote is counted,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Matt Gorman said Tuesday evening. “Once they are, we’re confident Rick Saccone will be the newest Republican member of Congress.”
‘BAMA GOES BLUE: Democrat DOUG JONES Wins Alabama Special Election
Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated GOP candidate Roy Moore in Alabama’s highly-contested Senatorial special election on Tuesday; sending a liberal legislator to represent the Cotton State for the first time in over two decades.
Jones claimed victory with 99.9% of the vote reporting, clinging to a razor-thin margin of 49.9% to Moore’s 48.4%, saying “We have come so far and the people of Alabama have spoken.”
All eyes now turn to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
“Alabama has been at a crossroads. We have been at crossroads in the past. And unfortunately, we have usually taken the wrong fork. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, you took the right road,” he added.
President Trump congratulated Jones on social media late Tuesday evening, saying the GOP will have “another shot” at the Senate seat in a “very short period of time,” but added that a “win is a win” for the Democratic party.
“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!” Trump tweeted.
All eyes now turn to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his push to pass tax reform legislation before the GOP majority shrinks by one vote when Jones is sworn into office.
BOMBSHELL: Evidence Shows Hillary's Emails Leaked from Inside DNC
Recently revealed evidence shows emails from the Democratic National Committee were not “hacked” by the Russians or other foreign agencies, but were most likely leaked from individuals inside the DNC who had access to local servers and equipment.
For over a year, democrats and liberal lawmakers have been blaming Russian hackers for leaking a treasure trove of internal emails between Debbie Wasserman Schultz, John Podesta, Clinton, and other senior aides that rocked Hillary’s 2016 presidential election.
According to the Nation, computer scientists and experts have determined that the breach of security could not have been perpetrated from outside individuals, particularly international hackers, because of the high-data transfer rates used during the incident.
The breach occurred on July 5th at approximately 6:45 PM, with the stolen data being transferred at a rate of 22.7 megabytes per second; a download speed that is “simply unobtainable” using the internet, particularly overseas.
The forensics team now believes the emails were taken from someone inside the DNC, or an individual with access to facilities that house the Party’s email servers, using a thumb-drive or other portable device capable of high-speed data transfers.
“A speed of 22.7 megabytes is simply unobtainable, especially if we are talking about a transoceanic data transfer,” said one expert. “Based on the data we now have, what we’ve been calling a hack is impossible.”
The new data raises serious questions over who stole the DNC emails and leaked them to the press, and if the Democratic Party intentionally tried to spin the breach as “Russian interference.”