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Democrat Lamb Hopes Moderate Energy Stances Help Re-election Bid

Jan. 8, 2020, 11:00 AM

Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) won a 2018 special election in Donald Trump country with a moderate message, vowing to protect the district’s jobs in manufacturing, natural gas, and nuclear power while criticizing the president’s environmental rollbacks.

It’s unclear if that same recipe will help Lamb and other moderate Democrats hold the House in November—and perhaps elevate their role in a caucus increasingly swayed by progressive Green New Deal backers.

But Lamb’s moderate climate and energy views have boosted his re-election prospects in his suburban Pittsburgh district, some political analysts said.

His strategy mirrors that of many Democrats who won long-held...

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