House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed the close congressional race in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, saying that it won't be a model for the rest of the country because both candidates "ran as conservatives," according to The Daily Caller.
Democrat Conor Lamb declared victory over Republican Rick Saccone in the race for Pennsylvania's 18th District, which President Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016, on Wednesday, though Saccone has yet to concede.
"I think the candidate that is going to win this race is the candidate that ran as a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-Nancy Pelosi candidate. That is the candidate that is going to win this race. This is something that you aren't going to see repeated because they (Pennsylvania) didn't have a primary," Ryan told reporters Wednesday morning, according to C-SPAN.
"You will have primaries in this other races and those primaries are going to bring candidates to the Left."
"Both of these candidates ran as conservatives, I don't think you are going to see that throughout the country," Ryan added.
Although Lamb did run as a moderate, he supported liberal positions on unions and abortion rights.
"I think the president helped close this race," Ryan said, referring to Trump's frequent appearances in the state, when asked if the election result was "a wakeup call" for Trump.
"I think you saw the public polling. The public polling wasn't looking so good and the president came in and helped close this race and got it to where it is right now, which is within a few hundred votes."
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