WaPo: Perry Seat Listed on Top 10 Most Likely To Flip
Another ratings outlet is keying in on the race in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District.
The Washington Post’s Amber Phillips placed Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) as the seventh most likely House seat to flip in the 2020 election in their first rankings this cycle. He is the lone Pennsylvania Congressman on the list released last week.
The article details Perry being placed on the “Top 10 House Races of 2020” in large part because of redistricting, placing the conservative Republican in the House Freedom Caucus in a less GOP friendly seat, and narrowly winning reelection last year.
The fourth term Congressman edged out Democrat George Scott by just over 2.5 points in 2018 in the newly drawn district with boundaries that voted for President Donald Trump by 10 points in 2016. Perry’s latest bid was his closest victory since being voted into Congress in 2012 in the old conservative 4th District.
The article also points to the Democrats boasting about Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s bid for the seat, who they say is a “uniquely strong candidate” and specifically cited his victory for state auditor in 2016.
There are a lot of questions that remain unanswered about the 2020 race for the 10th District. For the first time since winning a seat in Congress, Perry is facing a primary challenger in Bobby Jeffries, a millenial logistics director for a health and wellness firm, who accuses Perry of being insufficiently “Pro-Trump.”
On the Democratic side, two candidates have officially filed with the FEC thus far. DePasquale and attorney and author Tom Brier, have announced bids to challenge Perry. Brier, 27 years old, has raised $200,000 in the election cycle-to-date, thus far, while DePasquale’s first campaign finance report won’t be due until October since he filed in July.
The Washington Post ratings can be found here.