Joe Biden, Tom Wolf and Billy Bush. See who made this week’s list!
Hillary Clinton. This week saw four polls of Pennsylvania concerning the presidential race. Hillary Clinton won all four with leads of fourteen, eight, four and nine points. As a result, Sabato’s Crystal Ball shifted PA from “Leans Democratic” to “Likely Democratic”. Finally, Vice President Biden also lent a hand by stumping for the Democratic nominee in Bucks County.
Donald Trump. Speaking of the presidential contest, it was a brutal seven days for the GOP nominee. On Friday, damaging audio of Trump speaking to Billy Bush leaked out. That tape, combined with another debate loss on Sunday, have caused his poll numbers to plummet. Less than a month out, Trump’s chances at the White House are in dire condition.
Ryan Costello. Given Trump’s troubles, there’s been some speculation about whether Dems could actually take over the majority in the House. Even if a blue wave were to form, however, Congressman Costello would very likely emerge unscathed. This week, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post moved the PA-6 seat from “Lean Republican” to “Safe Republican”. It’s a testament to Rep. Costello (and a sad commentary on Democratic nominee Mike Parrish) that a district that should be competitive won’t be on November 8th.
PA Voters. This one goes to all the new and existing voters in the commonwealth. Fourteen months ago, Governor Wolf introduced online voter registration to Pennsylvania. In that time almost 900,000 people have used the Department of State’s website to register or update their information. As a result, more applications were received this year than in 2012 or even 2008. This is a great step forward for giving PA citizens more access to the voting booth.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. This is week eighteen.
The tweet of the week goes to The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs.
Today is Trump's first public event since the "grab her by the pussy" tape was leaked. It is being held in Beaver County, PA.
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) October 10, 2016