The Democrat won in Pennsylvania last night, but this gay journalist stole the show

Steve Kornacki
Steve Kornacki Photo: Screenshot/MSNBC

Yesterday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district ended in victory for the Democrat, but Twitter was mystified by MSNBC’s energetic election coverage.

The seat was vacated when the staunchly anti-choice Rep. Tim Murphy (R) resigned last year after reports emerged that he pressured a lover to have an abortion.

The district, made up of Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs, is 96% white and Donald Trump won it by 20 points in 2016. It was supposed to be a safe Republican district, but pro-choice Democratic candidate Conor Lamb was neck-and-neck with Republican Rick Saccone in the polls and won by several hundred votes.

The election could be a harbinger of this fall’s congressional elections.

Out journalist Steve Kornacki followed the election as precincts reported results, and his energy added to the drama of the night. Twitter loved it.

At one point he put his pen in his mouth to pull out his phone, and, when he couldn’t talk clearly with a pen in his mouth, he just spit it out.

At 4 am, hours after Lamb had claimed victory, Kornacki tweeted forgiveness for viewers who went to sleep and expressed his love for those who were still awake.

At 5 am, he was back on the air and announced that NBC called the election for Lamb.

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