Trump endorses Keith Rothfus in weekend tweet |

Trump endorses Keith Rothfus in weekend tweet

Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, left, faces Conor Lamb, D-Mt. Lebanon in the 17th Congressional District Race.

President Donald Trump endorsed Sewickley Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus Saturday in his race against Mt. Lebanon Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb.

Trump said in the tweet that Rothfus is “strong on crime, the border, and our second amendment” and “loves our military and our vets.”

Rothfus seeks a fourth term in Congress representing a newly drawn district that covers Beaver County along with parts of Allegheny and Butler counties. The race has been cited as a key in determining which party will control the U.S. House next year. Democrats aim to flip 23 seats to win the majority in the chamber.

Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action recently announced it plans to spend $726,000 on the race, and Trump administration officials such as Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon have made appearances with Rothfus in Western Pennsylvania in recent months.

Trump endorsed two other Republican congressional candidates in a burst of Twitter posts Saturday. He said Danny Tarkanian of Nevada and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas are also strong on crime, the border and second amendment rights and support the military and veterans.

Lamb, a former federal prosecutor and Marine Corps veteran, held a 12-point lead over Rothfus in a July Monmouth University poll of the race.

Both candidates had about $2 million in campaign coffers at the end of June, the last reported totals.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Wes at 412-380-5676, [email protected] or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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