Pennsylvania, and its 20 electoral votes, are being targeted by both the Clinton and Trump campaigns as the general election contest begins to take shape.
The Trump camp began articulating a Rust Belt strategy weeks ago and the latest Quinnipiac Poll showed him a point behind.
In an interview with the Tribune-Review’s Salena Zito, the GOP’s presumptive nominee illustrated his interest in the state.
“That is why I always talk about Pennsylvania,” he said of the Quinnipiac survey. “I think Pennsylvania is absolutely one of the states I can turn red.”
Meanwhile, Dan Balz of the Washington Post reports that the Clinton camp is already planning to combat such a strategy from the Republicans.
“The Washington Post’s Abby Phillip described one step that the Clinton campaign is planning to protect states that are must-wins this fall, which is by starting to organize as early and as robustly as possible in Midwestern states with white, working-class constituencies, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania,” he writes.
With Pennsylvania as the second-largest swing state in the nation (behind only Florida and its twenty-nine electoral votes) expect a fierce fight for the Keystone State this year.