The National Republican Congressional Committee will not file a lawsuit over “irregularities” the group said occurred in last week’s 18th Congressional District special election, a spokesman said Friday. Republican Rick Saccone on Wednesday conceded defeat in his race against Democrat Conor Lamb. Unofficial tallies show Lamb, 33, of Mt. Lebanon won by 755 votes. The NRCC, which poured more than $3 million into the race, said the day after the election that it was considering legal action over alleged glitches in electronic voting machines, reports from people who said they couldn’t find the right polling places and a Saccone attorney who had to get a signed authorization from the Republican Party before an Allegheny County elections official would let the attorney watch the vote-counting process.
An Allegheny County elections official said the county didn’t receive similar reports or complaints, and that he only enforced the law when he insisted on a signed authorization from the party. The Department of State said complaints over its website came from a misunderstanding of how the site works.
President Trump, who came to Western Pennsylvania to stump for Saccone, told attendees at an NRCC fundraiser Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., that Saccone had lost the election. Saccone conceded the next day.