Joe Biden Will Campaign for Conor Lamb in Tight Pennsylvania Race

Former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Pennsylvania’s 18th district to support Democratic U.S. House candidate Conor Lamb ahead of a March 13 special election, an aide to Biden confirmed Thursday to The Daily Beast. During an address to House Democrats on Wednesday, Biden gave Lamb, a Marine veteran and former prosecutor, a shout-out saying he has a “genuine chance of winning” the seat. “Mr. Vice President, they called you PA’s third Senator for a reason: You know our people. Thanks for the support,” Lamb responded on Twitter. The race, taking place in a district President Trump won by nearly 20 points, will be a true test of potential Democratic strength ahead of the 2018 midterms. It is also the beginning of a reportedly aggressive campaign Biden will mount for a number of Democratic incumbents this year. Biden’s American Possibilities PAC also sent out a fundraising email on Lamb’s behalf Thursday. The exact date and details of the visit are still being determined, the aide said. —Gideon Resnick