The 2018 Midterm Elections are going to have all of the eyes in the political world. Democrats will be seeking a blue wave that they can ride into Washington D.C., thus fundamentally wrestling control away from what has largely been a disastrous Republican-led administration. However, the Midterm Elections won’t be the only important elections going on in 2018. On March 13th, Democrat Conor Lamb will go up against Republican Rick Saccone in a Special Election for the vacant seat in Pennsylvania’s 18th District. Traditionally, this is a deep-red area but thanks to an endorsement from End Citizens United, as well as a surging in progressive momentum, Conor Lamb may actually have a chance.
If Conor Lamb is going to have any shot to take down Saccone, he is going to need the aid of End Citizens United to help get out the vote. End Citizens United is a determined political action committee that has been emphatic in their desire to champion campaign finance reform in order to take control back from billionaire and millionaire lobbyists. End Citizens United was established two years ago and they were instrumental in fundraising for various progressive candidates in the 2016 election cycle. End Citizens United chose to endorse Conor Lamb thanks to his willingness to stump for legislative changes regarding the 2010 SCOTUS decision surrounding Citizens United as well as his desire to push other progressive policies in his seat.
Conor Lamb is only 33-years-old but he has already won over quite a chunk of the voting bloc in Pennsylvania. Lamb has a direct connection to both mill towns and rural towns and support from the labor unions has been a huge shot in the arm. Saccone, meanwhile, has seen his profile raised thanks to an endorsement-by-Tweet from President Trump. While President Trump certainly serves to raise Saccone’s profile, it may not be what Saccone wants to hear right now. The last person to receive Trump’s full vote of confidence was Roy Moore who ended up falling to Doug Jones in a historic Special Election in Alabama.
End Citizens United has been instrumental in bringing energy to the progressive political world. Since Trump took office, Democrats have been able to flip 34 state seats compared to just 4 for Republicans. Democrats have also scored a governor’s seat as well as a Senate seat, the aforementioned Doug Jones. Now, End Citizens United and Conor Lamb will do their part to push the momentum forward.