9/30 Ups & Downs
Voter registration, debates and a life-saving Congressman. See who made this week’s list!
Tim Murphy. This is the easiest arrow we’ve given out in quite some time. On Wednesday, Congressman Murphy saved a life in the House Rayburn Office Building when he and his staff stumbled upon an unconscious man in an elevator. Through CPR and a defibrillator, Rep. Murphy and a Capitol police officer were able to resuscitate the man. Great job under pressure, Congressman!
John Rafferty. This past week should’ve been a highlight for the Republican nominee for Attorney General. He premiered his first TV ads and the RAGA pitched in with their own web video as well. Then, for the second time in 2016, Joe Peters got in the way. Rafferty’s primary challenger endorsed Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro on Monday. While that’s unfortunate for Rafferty, it does add some more fuel to yet another fiercely contested statewide race.
Hillary Clinton. As the week began, the former Secretary of State’s national lead was barely evident. Nonetheless, four different polls had Clinton tenuously holding the advantage in Pennsylvania. Then, the Democratic nominee’s fortunes brightened when she won the first debate and had Joe Biden and Michelle Obama stump for her in Philadelphia on back-to-back days. Finally, PPP released a survey yesterday that had her up five points over Trump.
PA GOP. The Republican Party has continued to gain ground and eat into the Democrats’ voter registration advantage in the commonwealth. The traditionally Democratic Southwest has become redder and redder while the GOP continues to bring in new voters in other central PA strongholds like York. There is still a dozen days until the October 11th deadline but barring a major shift, 2016 will have been a successful year for the PA GOP on the voter registration front.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. We’ve now up to sixteen weeks, four whole months.
The tweet of the week goes to Michael Mulvihill for pointing out that two of the five largest markets for the first presidential debate were in the Keystone State.
Corrected top 5 debate markets:
NYC – 55.1
Ft Myers – 54.4
Philly – 53.4
Hartford – 53.4
Pittsburgh – 53.2
— Michael Mulvihill (@mulvihill79) September 27, 2016