Pennsylvania Democrats fear Trump might carry their state in November, despite a hopeful front presented at the party's Philadelphia convention, the Washington Examiner
"I warn Democrats, Donald Trump is giving a message that is resonating with white, blue-collar workers who worked in factories, who worked on construction crews," former Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday. "We'd be naive if we didn't understand this exists. So this state is in play."
Every Democrat nominated for president has carried Pennsylvania since 1992, but since he clinched the nomination in May, Donald Trump and the GOP have targeted the Keystone State for victory.
"Certainly it's competitive," said Democratic attorney general nominee and Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. "I think David Plouffe a few years ago described Pennsylvania as fool's gold for Republicans . . . I would expect Democrats will win up and down ballot this time around."
"I wouldn't be here working as hard as I am if I thought this thing was in the bag. It's not. I think it's going to be competitive, and we're all going to continue to work very hard to get our word out and ultimately put ourselves into a position to govern effectively."
RealClearPolitics http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/pa/pennsylvania_trump_vs_clinton-5633.html has Clinton up by an average of three percentage points in major polls, but shows that Trump has been steadily gaining in the state.
"We can't take anything for granted this election," Christina Hartman, candidate for Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district, told MarketWatch
"I think that we all need to be working very, very hard to register new voters, get out the vote and do what's necessary to make sure that Democrats win in Pennsylvania this year," she said. "Up and down ballot."
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