October 27th Playbook

President Donald Trump held three rallies in the state yesterday, while former VP Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Delaware County. Here is the Playbook. 

Center For American Greatness/Insider Advantage Poll: Trump 48.4, Biden 45.5: President Donald Trump has taken a narrow lead over former Vice President Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, according to a poll commissioned by a conservative website.

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Biden 50, Trump 45: Biden remains as the preferred candidate to handle the coronavirus pandemic, while Trump has the advantage on managing the economy in the Pennsylvania polling.

Poll: Biden 52, Trump 44: The latest polling from the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted by YouGov in collaboration with the Wisconsin State Journal shows Biden extending his lead over Trump in Pennsylvania in comparison to their previous poll from mid-September.

Melania Trump to Campaign in Chester County: First Lady Melania Trump will be headlining a campaign event moderated by 2016 campaign manager and former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway in Atglen on Tuesday afternoon in her first major solo campaign stop of 2020.

PA17: Parnell Bests Lamb in Q3 Fundraising Haul: GOP challenger Sean Parnell raised $1.62 million from the beginning of July to the end of September, while Rep. Conor Lamb raised $1.22 million during the same time period.

Trump Holds 3 Rallies in PA: President Donald Trump held three rallies in Pennsylvania on Monday. The events were held in Allentown, Lititz, and Martinsburg

Biden Makes Surprise Visit to Delco: Former Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Chester on Monday afternoon, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.  

Ivanka Trump to Campaign in Pittsburgh: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Ivanka Trump will be campaigning in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.  

Karen Pence To Campaign in Erie County: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Second Lady Karen Pence will headline a “Make America Great Again!” event in Erie County on Thursday afternoon.  

Biden Talks to KDKA: Former Vice President Joe Biden talked one-on-one with KDKA’s Jon Delano for an interview on Monday. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Democrats have control of the Pa. state House within their reach 
Spotlight PA: Millions pour into Pa. House, Senate races as Democrats vie for control
Spotlight PA: What is ‘ballot harvesting,’ and who can and can’t deliver your mail ballot in Pa.
Inquirer: Could the election in Pennsylvania be decided by Amy Coney Barrett? Probably not. Here’s why.
Inquirer: Trump blitzes Pennsylvania with 3 rallies as coronavirus spikes lead to calls for him to stop
Inquirer: 7 things we learned from our travels across the Divided States of Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Wolf’s office calls out Trump’s ‘patently untrue’ remarks about Philadelphia; things could get weird on election night in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Black women see Trump as an existential threat: ‘This election is to save our lives’ 
Inquirer: What we will and won’t know on election night in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: COVID-19 hospitalizations double in Pa. and N.J. as new cases continue to spike; Fauci says current trajectory is ‘not good news’ 
Inquirer: What we will, and won’t, know on election day | Morning Newsletter
Politico: The demographic that could tip Pennsylvania 
Politico: Trump’s final pitch to Pennsylvania: I love fracking 
AP: Trump, Biden hit battleground Pennsylvania amid pandemic 
AP: Fewer virus patients aiding Pennsylvania case investigators
WHYY Newsworks: Trump dominated Facebook in 2016. In 2020, Biden is outspending him in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: From Philly to Erie, 12 Pa. voters talk about their crucial swing state vote
Patriot News: Trump’s final-stretch campaign blitz draws big crowd in central Pa. 
Patriot News: Melania Trump and Kellyanne Conway to campaign in Pa. Tuesday 
Patriot News: President Trump returns to Pa., appears in Lancaster County: Video 
Patriot News: As Trump returns to Pa., Biden assails his record on the coronavirus and the economy 
Patriot News: More than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Pa. over two-day period 
Patriot News: Pa. names 30 counties that bear watching for coronavirus; statewide, positive rate rises to 5%
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In frantic day of campaigning, Trump says he’ll win Pa. unless there’s ‘massive fraud,’ report 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With cases surging in Pa., ‘We have a collective responsibility’ to fight it, Levine says | 4 takeaways from Monday’s COVID-19 briefing 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Election 2020: Tuesday, Oct. 27 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot in Pa. 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: These women from the Philly ‘burbs have one message for Trump: Leave our healthcare alone 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Will a 2020 blue wave crest in Erie? Democrat Kristy Gnibus hopes so 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: One week to go before Election Day: 3 things to think about | Tuesday Morning Coffee
USA Today: Trump makes Pa. stops as race tightens
KDKA: One-On-One Interview With Joe Biden: ‘We’ll Win Pennsylvania’
KDKA: Federal Govt. Sending Nearly 4 Million Rapid Coronavirus Tests To Pa. 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey And Bob Casey Split On Vote To Confirm Amy Coney Barrett To Supreme Court
KDKA: Pa. Department Of State Working To Prevent Intimidation At Polls
KDKA: Deadline Day In Pa. To Apply For A Mail-In Ballot For Upcoming Election
Post-Gazette: Trump attacks Pa. election security in tweets, speeches
Post-Gazette: Cream of the crop art: Centre County landowners let artists turn field into a campaign message
WITF: PA COVID-19 Hospitalizations Jump As Fall Resurgence Ramps Up 
PLSReporter: Cook Political Report ranks Pa. House as ‘toss up’ 
PLSReporter: With COVID-19 cases rising, Levine stresses personal responsibility, holiday safety 
Fox News: Trump mocks Biden to Pennsylvania crowd over oil comment: ‘He blew it’ 
Fox News: Biden pushes back on Trump’s attacks in Pennsylvania: ‘I’m not eliminating fracking’ 
Fox News: Protesters raid shops, ATMs after Philadelphia police shooting
New York Times: They Did Not Vote in 2016. Why They Plan to Skip the Election Again. 
LNP | LancasterOnline: COVID-19 hospitalizations jump 31% in one week in Pennsylvania
LNP | LancasterOnline: These 10 counties had the highest rates of new coronavirus cases for Oct. 20-26
Tribune Review: Democrats still hold the edge, but Pennsylvania voter registration gains favor GOP 
The Hill: Trump rips Biden in scramble to win Pennsylvania 
The Hill: State lawmaker Elizabeth Fiedler discusses the top issues for Pennsylvania voters  
The Hill: GOP files second request for Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania mail-in ballot extension 
The Hill: The Memo: Florida and Pennsylvania hold keys to victory 
The Hill: Philadelphia police shoot man holding knife, sparking protests
CNN: With Barrett seated, Republicans push for Supreme Court hearing of Pennsylvania voting case 
CNN: Philadelphia police killed a Black man in a shooting that raises questions, chief says. Then 30 officers were hurt in protests
Real Clear Policy: The Tax Bill Benefitted All Pennsylvanians. Will that Matter on Election Day? 
Real Clear Politics: Replay: Trump Hosts “Make America Great Again!” Rally In Pennsylvania 
Real Clear Politics: At PA Rally, Trump Blasts Biden With Video Montage Of His History With China, NAFTA
Huffington Post: Latino Turnout Could Decide Who Wins Pennsylvania

WHYY Newsworks: The chances of flipping the Pa. legislature blue 
WHYY Newsworks: How Philly-area election boards will count your mail ballot 
WHYY Newsworks: More training on the way for Philly’s first-time poll workers 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘I was by myself’: Parkway encampment down to last few residents 
WHYY Newsworks: From Philly to Erie, 12 Pa. voters talk about their crucial swing state vote
WHYY Newsworks: Police shooting interrupts hearing on proposed police oversight commission 
Inquirer: Voters across Philly wait through rain, cold, and long lines as window to cast ballots early closes
Inquirer: Philly housing crisis looms as eviction moratorium legislation stalls in City Council 
Inquirer: Biden makes surprise stop in Delco; Trump holds 3 rallies in Pa.; Philly residents flock to early voting sites
Inquirer: The Parkway homeless encampment is fenced and (nearly) clear
Inquirer: What does ‘defund the police’ mean, and what would it look like in Philly?  
Inquirer: What are your rights if you’re arrested at a protest? 
Inquirer: COVID-19 cases rise across the region, amid a ‘major’ outbreak at a Philly treatment center 
Inquirer: Fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. prompts heated overnight protests in West Philly
Philadelphia Tribune: Racial tensions and resentment persist in city courts, judge and civil rights attorney say 
Philly Voice: Fatal police-involved shooting of Black man leads to violent protests in West Philly
KYW Newsradio: Officials try to ease Philly voters’ minds with $5M ballot-counting operation
KYW Newsradio: Police fatally shoot man they say brandished knife in West Philadelphia; body cam video under investigation
KYW Newsradio: Outreach volunteers are texting, calling Pa. voters at a record pace 
Billy Penn: Get in line by 5 PM: Philadelphia expands satellite election office hours for ballot request deadline

Delco Daily Times: Biden pays surprise visit to Chester supporters 
WHYY Newsworks: Labor support for Fitzpatrick gives Democrats tougher road to flip Bucks congressional seat
Bucks County Courier Times: Finello seeks to make history in 1st District 
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick touts bipartisanship in bid for re-election in 1st district 
Montgomery Media: Three vie for open seat in 147th District House race 
Montgomery Media: Nelson, Bowers face off for 154th Legislative District
Inquirer: Sunoco wants to block order to reroute Mariner East pipeline away from Chester’s Marsh Creek Lake
Pottstown Mercury: Campaigning during COVID-19: Candidates representing Montgomery County recall experience
Daily Local News: Record number of early ballots cast in Chester County 
Daily Local News: Mosty differences, a few similarities, in 6th Dist. Congressional race

KDKA: In Effort To Flip Control Of Pa. House, Democrats Challenge 2 Local Republican Incumbents 
KDKA: Ivanka Trump Scheduled To Visit Pittsburgh On Wednesday
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Calls On Pittsburghers To Hold Moment Of Silence As Tree Of Life Remembrance
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 177 More Coronavirus Cases Over 48 Hours
Post-Gazette: More than 250,000 mail-in ballots returned so far in Allegheny County 
Post-Gazette: Tree of Life | 2 years later: Book, oral history project give voice to Pittsburghers affected by 10/27
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports over 3,000 new cases, 19 deaths in past two days
Tribune Review: Super supporters: These voters go above and beyond in their adoration for Trump, Biden
Tribune Review: Two years after Tree of Life shooting, pandemic has ‘retraumatized people’
Tribune Review: Ivanka Trump to stump in Pittsburgh on Wednesday 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayor calls for moment of silence Tuesday to remember Tree of Life attacks  
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 177 covid cases over past 2 days
City Paper: A conservative PAC is sending harmful and misleading texts about trans children to voters 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
WESA: Trump Failed To Revive Coal, But That Doesn’t Mean Workers Will Adopt Biden’s Vision For Green Jobs 
WESA: Pittsburgh Writers Look Back On Tree Of Life Shooting In New Book 

Altoona Mirror: Crowd cries for ‘four more years’ of Trump
Altoona Mirror: Blair makes little headway on budget
Altoona Mirror: City plans to take over Transportation Center
Beaver County Times: Lawsuit over Allegheny County ballots settled 
Beaver County Times: Lawrence County COVID numbers jump with one-in-five tests coming back positive
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PHOTO GALLERY | ‘We’re the tipping point’: Trump chases crucial Pennsylvania votes in Blair County stop 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Trump supporters at Blair County rally rooting for four more years 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Ebensburg group: Pro-Biden billboard vandalized 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pollster addresses implications of election 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria commissioners approve software purchase for DA’s office 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State reports 1,407 new COVID-19 cases, one more death in Westmoreland County; daily rate of rise similar to April’s, officials said
KDKA: Voice Of The Voters: Some Washington Co. Voters Have A Hard Time Making Up Their Mind 
KDKA: State Officials Recommend Westmoreland County Schools Go Online-Only As Coronavirus Cases Rise
KDKA: Frustration Mounts For Beaver Co. Voters Waiting For Mail-In Ballots
Tribune Review: Westmoreland adds 125 covid cases over past 2 days, 3 new deaths
Observer-Reporter: Census may affect Fayette, Greene governments 
Observer-Reporter: State Department of Health won’t say if anyone contracted COVID-19 at polls during primary
Observer-Reporter: County officials announce ongoing aerial imagery update 
Observer-Reporter: Candidates: State Representative, 40th District

Citizens Voice: Hundreds wait hours to vote early in Luzerne County ahead of deadline 
Citizens Voice: Pedri: Trashed military ballots will be counted; investigation continuing 
Citizens Voice: Council notebook: Budget, bridge, traffic light addressed in Wilkes-Barre 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre council rejects property assessment reduction 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County has ‘substantial’ level of COVID-19 transmission
The Times Leader: Lines expected at Luzerne County polls on Election Day, though not at 2016 levels
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Councilman describes his COVID-19 illness 
The Times Leader: Nine discarded ballots will be counted, Luzerne County manager says 
The Times Leader: Gov. Wolf: UK’s largest kitchen retailer bringing 360 jobs to Luzerne County 
The Times Leader: 54 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Monday 
Times-Tribune: No tax breaks for Scranton residents, court sides with city
Times-Tribune: Trump aims to turn Lackawanna County red in upcoming election
Times-Tribune: State COVID-19 streak reaches three weeks

South Central 
Patriot News: One of the hottest legislative races in Pa.: Republican Sen. John DiSanto v. Democratic challenger George Scott
Patriot News: Trump’s final-stretch campaign blitz draws big crowd in central Pa. 
Patriot News: President Trump returns to Pa., appears in Lancaster County: Video 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Optimistic Trump predicts Pa. win in one of 3 stops in the state: ‘It’s like four years ago’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Melania Trump to visit Atglen on Tuesday, first solo campaign visit to Pa. 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Meet the ‘taskmaster’: Randall Wenger talks election safety, behind-the-scenes for Lancaster County’s election process 
LNP | LancasterOnline: President Trump visits Lancaster County for campaign visit Monday afternoon
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH offers explanation for Cumberland County’s reduction in COVID-19 cases in Saturday’s report 
Carlisle Sentinel: Levine says COVID-19 can be contained as Pennsylvania continues to see increasing case counts 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 20 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Monday 
Carlisle Sentinel: 5 things to know about voting by mail in Cumberland County 
Carlisle Sentinel: 5 things to know about voting in person in Cumberland County
Reading Eagle: President Trump makes final push for support in Lancaster County
York Dispatch: Voter intimidation concerns after sheriff’s K-9 seen at York City ballot drop-box
York Dispatch: Phillips-Hill broadband regulation bill clears Senate despite Dem concerns
York Dispatch: Final four York County polling sites finalized ahead of Election Day
York Dispatch: York County has 112 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
York Daily Record: Courting the Amish vote in Pa. an uphill effort

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Trump tells Lehigh Valley crowd he’ll win reelection ‘almost easily,’ unless there is ‘massive fraud’
Morning Call: ‘Best president we’ve had’: Thousands of Lehigh Valley supporters stand in rain to hear Trump
Morning Call: Live Updates: Trump rally in Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Herd immunity ‘not good public health policy,’ health secretary says as cases grow by 3,073 over two days 
WFMZ: Trump rallies voters in the Lehigh Valley 
WFMZ: DeSales University-WFMZ poll shows Biden widening lead in 7th District
WFMZ: Pa. Democrats blast president ahead of Trump visit to the Lehigh Valley 
WFMZ: WATCH: Trump arrives in Lehigh Valley, speaks to reporters
Reading Eagle: Berks County passes 9,000 coronavirus cases as new daily infections top 100 for the third straight day 
Reading Eagle: Risk of coronavirus community spread in Berks substantial for second straight week, state metrics show
Express Times: Tuesday is last day to apply for mail-in ballot in Pa. How to get one and make sure it counts.
Express Times: Thousands attended Trump’s Lehigh Valley rally. Most wore masks, but doctors still alarmed.
Express Times: President Trump touts his energy policy in visit to Lehigh Valley in must-win Pa. 
Express Times: Democrats time criticism of President Trump’s record with Lehigh Valley rally  
Express Times: Biden blasts Trump on visit to expected thousands of Lehigh Valley voters 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State nearing 200K cases after two-day 3,073 case increase; Lehigh Valley nearing 12K cases; Lehigh County sees highest daily increase since April | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/26/20) 
Express Times: These Lehigh Valley candidates want to be your next state representative

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County’s 2021 budget proposal remains free of tax increase
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City aims for more walkable commercial areas
Erie Times-News: Voter Voices: Young Erie Dem looks to Biden
Centre Daily Times: Election deadlines approaching, early voting at Bryce Jordan Center to end Tuesday
Centre Daily Times: Oct. 26 update: Centre County adds 81 weekend cases of COVID-19; Pa. has 3,073 new positives

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sean Parnell for Congress 
Steve Rosenberg: Two years since Tree of Life shooting, anti-Semitism persists in politics 
Charlie Gerow: 2016’s Reluctant Trumpers Are 2020’s Avid Trumpers 
Hannah Laurison: Stand up on Election Day. Then keep standing up for the things that matter 
Salena Zito: Where Trump’s 2020 coalition must come from in Pennsylvania
George Heitmann: Why packing the Supreme Court would damage our government 
Tony Norman: The Tree of Life tragedy finds a voice in the ruins
Gene Therapy: Ignore the polls. Go ahead. Just try.
Sarah Niebler: Slow election results don’t mean fraudulent results. Here’s why
Neil Kleinman: Want To Boost Voter Turnout? 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Raising the flag on COVID

3 Responses

  1. In Auditor Generals race, filks are finally wising up that Tim DeFoor is the clear qualified choice while Nina Ahmad is really a well pedigreed Show Horse.

    There are 5 Billion reasons why we need an Uber Qualified person in that seat right now.

    Really does not matter whether they are Democrat or Republican. We seriously need someone ready day one in January.

    The Choice is crystal clear. Its Mr. DeFoor.

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