On a bitterly cold night just outside Pittsburgh hundreds of newly energised Democrats trudged through the snow and packed into a chilly brick building.
They were there for the opening of their candidate Conor Lamb’s latest field office, and to see the beginnings of what they hope will be a political earthquake that sends tremors all the way to Washington.
Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional district is up for grabs in a special election on March 13 after Tim Murphy, the sitting Republican, resigned in disgrace. The pro-life congressman was accused of asking his mistress to have an abortion.
It had been such a Republican area that Democrats did not even field a candidate against Mr Murphy in 2012…
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