PA-16: DCCC Names Contest An “Emerging Race”

Christina HartmanThe Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee gave a helpful boost to PA-16 nominee Christina Hartman.

The DCCC named Hartman to their “emerging race” list, the first step on the road to “red to blue” status.

“With the retirement of the Republican incumbent Joe Pitts, voters in PA-16 will have fresh opportunity to determine the direction of this district,” the DCCC wrote in a memo announcing their  new slate of promising challengers. “While Christina Hartman is a dynamic candidate who values align with the suburban voters of the district, her opponent Lloyd Smucker has fully embraced Donald Trump’s divisive campaign.”

“President Obama won this district in 2008, and since then the district has become increasingly diverse,” they continued. “Seventeen percent of the population is non-white. Ten percent of the voters are of Hispanic descent and that number is growing larger every year. As Smucker was spending $275k of his own money to make it out of a brutal primary, Hartman has continued to raise money and garner the support of Democratic leaders, unions, and other groups.”

Hartman is running against State Senator and GOP nominee Lloyd Smucker in the November 8th general election. They are competing to replace ten-term Congressman Joe Pitts, who announced his intention to retire last year.

The 16th Congressional District includes parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster County.

11 Responses

  1. PA will be competitive in the general election which means both bases will turn out. Won’t even be close, Smucker will destroy her. Hopefully she knows how to make a good sandwich.

  2. Seriously – Lancaster has been getting steadily more young and more Democratic. Even traditional bastions of xenophobia and bigotry like Lititz are somehow becoming hip and attracting those young, Democratic voters. Will it be enough? We’ll have to see, but Ms. Hartman can certainly give Sen. Smucker a run for his money if she plays this one right.

  3. Gerrymandering has changed the district. IF D’s can get their base energized and vote (which will be more anti-Trump than anything), Hartman may pull this off…

  4. It’s not your grandfather’s Lancaster anymore. Smucker will have to break a sweat, but the primary gave him some practice.

  5. Very conservative district, I don’t see it. Smucker barely breaks a sweat here.

  6. Good news for Hartman. This means competitive campaign dollars will come in from important pacs. Best of luck.

  7. Smucker gets to pivot back to the things that hurt him in the primary: his dream act, his obamacare vote, etc., etc. It will get the base PO’d again, but they aren’t voting for Hartman and they aren’t staying home.

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