A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Conor Lamb, the Pennsylvania Wunderkind

  • Melanie J. BlumbergEmail author
  • Michael D. Slaven
  • William C. Binning


Had it not been for a scandal that forced the resignation of a seven-term Republican incumbent, there would not have been a special election in the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District in 2018 that pitted four-term Republican State Representative Rick Saccone against Democratic newcomer Conor Lamb. This is an account of Lamb’s textbook campaign and how he won in a district that Donald Trump carried by 20 points and then defeated a three-term incumbent in a newly drawn, court-ordered district.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie J. Blumberg
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael D. Slaven
    • 1
  • William C. Binning
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of History, Politics, Society and LawCalifornia University of PennsylvaniaCaliforniaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceYoungstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA

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