Just how bad do the Democrats want to turn Pennsylvania blue in 2020?
Two large investments from two different entities announced today certainly shows the state as a high priority to taking back the White House.
Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, announced that it has launched a $100 million program focusing on four specific states that includes Pennsylvania.
.@prioritiesUSA, the largest Dem super PAC, is launching an early $100M presidential effort in FL, WI, MI, and PA, @guycecil tells reporters in DC this AM. Phase two, before the end of this year, will expand into NV, NH, AZ, NC, and GA.
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) February 21, 2019
The super PAC, which spent more than $190 million during the 2016 presidential election cycle according to Open Secrets, stated in their rollout that President Donald Trump is “clearly very vulnerable” and released data showing that healthcare and wages are the two most important issues for target voters.
Priorities USA has specifically singled out 16,800 voters in Cambria County in their release, dubbing it the “heart of Obama/Trump country.”
President Trump more than doubled Secretary Clinton’s vote total in Cambria County in 2016. Gov. Mitt Romney also carried the county in 2012 by close to 18 points over President Barack Obama. Even Sen. Casey and Gov. Wolf lost by double digits in Cambria County this past November in their comfortable re-election bids. Obama defeated Sen. John McCain there by 2 points in 2008.
On the PAC’s about us page, they list Trump and big corporations as their focus of defeating in the upcoming election.
“The wealthy and big corporations know they have Donald Trump in their corner to fight for their priorities,” the website states. “We are helping build a powerful progressive movement that informs, energizes, and empowers average Americans to fight and win for their priorities in 2017, 2018, and 2020.”
The DNC also announced today that Pennsylvania along with six other state parties have launched “Organizing Corps 2020” which is a program to recruit and train students that are expecting to graduate by June 2020 and place them as field organizers in key states.
Naoko Kudo, Chief Operation Officer for Organizing Corps 2020, served as a field organizer at Temple University and in North Philadelphia’s 20th Ward for Sen. Obama’s campaign.
“Organizing Corps 2020 will build a powerful pipeline of young talent — energized Democrats who reflect the diversity of their communities,” DNC Chair Tom Perez said in the release. “This new organizing program will help us recruit organizers who will become our future leaders and grow the party, win more elections up and down the ticket, and build the organizing infrastructure our nominee will need to take back the Oval Office.”
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from the Pennsylvania GOP for this story.