PA-6 Race Promoted to “Emerging Race” by DCCC
Democrat Manan Trivedi’s campaign hopes in Pa’s 6th Congressional District were recently promoted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from an “Emerging District” to an “Emerging Race.”
The title is a distinction given out by the DCCC’s Red to Blue program — a program that follows closely contested congressional elections.
Last week, PoliticsPA reported that PA-6 had received an “Emerging District” status by the committee, meaning that the congressional race would be on the DCCC’s “watch list” to see if “serious resources” should be allocated in the future to one of the Democratic candidates.
Yesterday, Democratic challenger Mike Parish announced he was leaving the race, citing the effects a “contentious Democratic primary fight” could have on the Democrats “ability to win [the] seat in November.”
Parish stated that he would be fully supporting Trivedi, who is running for the seat for a third time.
With Trivedi the lone Democratic challenger set to face off against Republican Ryan Costello, the DCCC has upped their support for his campaign. Now that PA-6 has been promoted to “Emerging Race” status, Trivedi can expect financial, grassroots, and strategic support from the committee.
“I am honored by the outpouring of support we’ve had in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, as Pennsylvanians have joined our grassroots campaign to stand up for middle class families and build an economy that works for everyone,” said Trivedi. “The early strength our campaign has demonstrated led us to earn a spot as an Emerging Race in the Red to Blue program, and it means we have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to win in November, and bring commonsense solutions to Washington.”
“Manan Trivedi has shown he can put this seat in play with his unwavering commitment to public service as an Iraq war veteran, a physician, and tireless advocate for Pennsylvania’s middle class,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “Manan Trivedi has proven he won’t back down from the toughest challenges facing Pennsylvania families and has strong potential in this race.”
PA-6 became a highly contested race when incumbent Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Chester) decided that he would not seek re-election in 2014.
PA-6 is listed as a district with a R+2 partisan voting index by the latest Cook Political Report.