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9-year-old Trump fan, 'Pickle,' gets response of a lifetime to letter he sent president

Published: Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 7:56 AM

"Make America Great Again" hat. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call / Getty Images)(Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.)

A 9-year-old boy from Stockton, California, who is essentially President Donald Trump’s biggest littlest fan, wrote a letter to the president, asked to be his friend and has gotten a huge yes in response.

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Dylan “Pickle” Harbin got a special shout-out from new White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday when she read the letter he wrote to Trump.

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In an interview with KTXL, Harbin said, “I sent him a letter and asked if he could be my friend, and he said, ‘Yes.’ I want him to tell me I can be president.”

Sanders confirmed this Wednesday, saying she forwarded the letter to the president, who accepted the offer of friendship and extended an invite for a tour.

Harbin likes Trump so much that he had a “Make America Great Again” birthday cake in the shape of a campaign hat with a campaign poster that says, “Trump Pickle ’17,” on it, KTXL reported.

When asked why he looked up to the president, he said, “Because he’s a smart businessman, and I like all of his suits.”

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SuAnn Harbin, Dylan’s mom, said her son’s reading up on Trump and his interest in politics isn’t something she forced, as some have suggested. She also said they found out 20 minutes before Sanders read the letter.

They were at a baseball game in San Francisco.

“It was all him. He did everything,” she said. 

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“It was a complete surprise. We were at a Giants game, and they had called right before we went in to the stadium, and they said, ‘Hi, this is so and so from the White House and we’re calling to let you know that we received Pickle’s letter and that they’re going to read it at the press conference in about 20 minutes.’”

(H/t New York Daily News)

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NYT: Democrat Conor Lamb wins PA’s special election, beating Rick Saccone in a Trump stronghold

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 2:33 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

Lamb Declares Victory in Pennsylvania Special Election, Saccone Does Not Concede

Update March 14, 2018 7:35 p.m EDT: Democrat Conor Lamb has won Pennsylvania’s special election in the 18th Congressional district, beating Republican Rick Saccone in a GOP stronghold by a thin margin of just over 600 votes, according to The New York Times, which called the election late Wednesday.

Republicans have not conceded the election and are likely to demand a recount, the Times reported.

Update March 14, 2018 2:32 p.m. EDT: Sources told WPXI’s Rick Earle that the Republican party has hired an independent firm to look for voting irregularities in Tuesday’s special election.

Although unofficial results for the race put Democratic candidate Conor Lamb just a few hundred votes ahead of his Republican rival for the 18th Congressional District seat, Rick Saccone, a recount of the vote is unlikely. If the race was one that was statewide, it would trigger an autmoatic recount, as less than .5 percent separates Lamb and Saccone’s tallies. The same rules don’t apply to congressional races.

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A recount can only happen if three or more voters from each precinct petition for a recount due to fraud or errors in the vote counting.

Update March 14, 2018 12:50 a.m. EDT: Democratic candidate Conor Lamb has declared victory over opponent Rick Saccone in the closely watched special election in Pennsylvania for the 18th Congressional District seat.

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Saccone has not conceded.

The Pennsylvania Secretary of State's election results website currently has Lamb with a 113,111-112,532 edge in votes. However, there are still an unclear number of absentee, provisional and military ballots to count.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Polls have closed in the special election for the 18th Congressional District, a race that has drawn national attention and is seen by some as a referendum on President Donald Trump.

Political newcomer Conor Lamb showed strength in fundraising and the polls for Democrats, who are seeking to control a seat that has been primarily Republican for decades. 

The GOP pinned its hopes to Rick Saccone, a four-term state representative who has tied himself very closely to Trump throughout the campaign.

The seat opened in October when longtime representative Tim Murphy resigned amid a scandal.

The district, which stretches through parts of Greene, Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties, could change by May after the state Supreme Court threw out the electoral map in January, saying it was unconstitutional. 

The court issued a new map intended to take effect by the May primaries, although Republicans have challenged that map in court.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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Trump takes last place in 'presidential greatness' survey

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 7:16 AM

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President Donald Trump took last place in a new survey that aims to measure "presidential greatness."

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According to the results posted Monday by Boise State University, 170 political scientists participated in the 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey. More than 57 percent of the respondents – current and recent members of the Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association – were Democrats, while 13 percent were Republicans and 27 percent were Independents. Respondents gave each president a score of 0-100 for "overall greatness," then each president's scores were averaged.

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So who took the No. 1 spot? Abraham Lincoln led the pack with a score of 95.03, followed by George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Those presidents' ranks remained unchanged from 2014.

Among recent presidents, Barack Obama fared the best, placing eighth with a score of 71.13. Ronald Reagan took the No. 9 spot, while Bill Clinton came in at No. 13, George H.W. Bush at No. 17, Jimmy Carter at No. 26 and George W. Bush at No. 30.

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Trump ranked No. 44 – last place – with a score of 12.34. Among Republican respondents, he fared slightly better, coming in at No. 40.

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Trump on Roy Moore's loss in Alabama Senate race: 'I was right'

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:07 AM

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to weigh in on Republican Roy Moore's stunning loss in the Alabama Senate race.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

Mayor Of San Francisco Ed Lee Dead At 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the city's first Asian-American mayor, died suddenly Tuesday morning after a heart attack, officials said in a statement. He was 65.

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