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PA-16: DCCC Puts Race on “Red to Blue” List

christina-hartmanPA-8 was always going to be the most competitive seat this November.

The question was whether any other Pennsylvania congressional race would be much of a contest. When efforts in PA-6 and PA-7 fizzled it appeared that there wouldn’t be a second Keystone State target.

It’s now crystal clear, though, that PA-16 has filled that void.

PA-16 is an open seat represented by retiring GOP incumbent Congressman Joe Pitts, with Republican nominee State Sen. Lloyd Smucker running against Democratic nominee Christina Hartman.

Despite an uphill climb in the South Central district, Hartman’s fundraising got the DCCC to add the contest to their “Emerging Race” list. Then, the Cook Political Report nudged the seat from Solid to Likely Republican. Finally, EMILY’s List provided their coveted support.

Now, the DCCC is officially naming Christina Hartman to their “Red to Blue” program. That is the highest designation that the Democratic organization gives a congressional candidate.

“Public service has been the hallmark of Christina Hartman’s life and career,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján. “Her time spent working on behalf of vulnerable communities at organizations like Freedom House and the Joyful Heart Foundation exemplify her commitment to improving the lives of everyday people in Pennsylvania. Christina’s selfless service is exactly the type of leadership needed in Washington, and her campaign will continue to offer the families is Southeastern Pennsylvania a fresh vision for the future.”

This will still be a difficult race for the Democrats, but unlike most of the congressional races in PA the last few years, they have the momentum.

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

2 Responses

  1. But what about Erin McClelland?? Stupid Dem Establishment – what a bunch of incompetent amateurs. They blame their losses on gerrymandering? Lolol… their wounds are all self-inflicted. Case in point: Oilman Parrish.

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