The final stretch of Summer Lee’s congressional campaign is feeling familiar. With less than a week to go until the election, a super PAC tied to the pro-Israel lobby the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is planning on spending hundreds of thousands to defeat her—reportedly the group’s first investment in a general election race between a Republican and a Democrat. This isn’t Lee’s first time having to face off with the AIPAC-affiliated United Democracy Project; last spring the PAC poured millions into attacking her and boosting her main Democratic opponent, Steve Irwin, whom she defeated by less than 1%. Her primary victory was seen as an incredible rebuke of dark money. That was supposed to be the end of the drama in this traditionally safe Democratic district encompassing Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs. But Democrats are starting to panic that a red wave, aided by outside money and a confusing ballot (we’ll get to that later), could be coming to western Pennsylvania.
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