Barack Obama will headline a Sept. 21 rally in Philadelphia with Sen. Bob Casey and Gov. Wolf. On the same evening, Donald Trump Jr. is headlining a fund raiser in Hershey, highlighting the state's importance in the fight for control of Congress.
If he's right, and suburban Republican voters stay home on Election Day or cross over to the Democratic side, the results could be devastating to Republicans' chances of holding the House, because most of the key races are in moderate suburban areas. Polls and election results suggest that President Trump may be driving some Republican voters away from the party in affluent, suburban areas - worrying GOP candidates in key races likely to determine control of the U.S. House. "A Republican suburban purge," is what U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, a Chester County Republican, saw. "Trump accelerated substantially a trend that was already out there."
Democrat Susan Wild has a narrow lead over Republican Marty Nothstein in a nationally watched House race in the Lehigh Valley, a new poll shows - but the Democrat may lack the enthusiasm edge Democrats have seen in other key contests. Election analysts see the closely balanced district as one of Democrats' top pick-up opportunities as they try to win a House majority.
Cory Booker is heading to Iowa, a move that will only further fuel speculation that he is preparing a run for president. Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, will be the keynote speaker at an Oct. 6 gala in Des Moines, Iowa's state Democratic Party announced Saturday. The trip is the strongest signal yet Booker has an eye on the White House.
H.R. McMaster, President Trump's former national security adviser, is among several high-profile public figures set to join a fellowship program at the University of Pennsylvania. Former Mexican president Felipe Calderon, ex-Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent and President Barack Obama's former national security advisor, Susan Rice, are among the others who will also join a fellowship program at Penn's Perry World House, which focuses on global affairs.
Republican Marty Nothstein, running in one of Pennsylvania's most critical congressional races, has faced an investigation for a sexual misconduct dating back to an alleged incident some 18 years ago. Nothstein firmly denied that he did anything wrong and said the accusation is a politically-motivated smear.
Republicans have long accused Sen. Bob Casey of being a nice guy, but a non-entity in Washington. As he completes his 12th year in the Senate and seeks another six-year term, the mild-mannered Casey is not readily associated with national leadership or bold ideas. Casey argues that his work has created tangible benefits for his constituents, regardless of the headlines they generate.
The poll found MacArthur leading 41 percent to 40 among voters who have participated in an election since 2010 or have newly registered. Kim, however, takes a narrow lead in models based on past midterms or in a Democratic surge like the ones that have been seen in other congressional elections this year.
The road to control of the U.S. House runs through the Philadelphia region. Democrats, needing to gain 23 seats to build a majority, are targeting as many as six Republican-held districts in southeast Pennsylvania and South Jersey, and more could come into play in both states if a wave forms. We rank the most competitive contests based on a combination of importance and competitiveness.
Sen. Pat Toomey said he plans to "enthusiastically" support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday after becoming the first lawmaker from the Philadelphia region to meet with the judge. He hailed the Trump nominee's character, intellect, and judicial record. Kavanaugh could cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court for decades to come.
A new poll of one of Pennsylvania's most critical Congressional races shows Democrat Conor Lamb with a large lead over Republican Keith Rothfus, and reflects several trends that could weigh heavily in similar contests outside Philadelphia.
Pence's visit comes as Barletta, a congressman, struggles to close ground on Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) in both polls and fund-raising. He'll be returning to a state where Trump scored one of his most surprising victories in 2016, and where Barletta is hoping to ride that momentum to another GOP victory.
In a break with long-standing Senate tradition, the Judiciary Committee advanced a Pennsylvania attorney nominated to become a judge on a powerful federal court, despite objections from one of his home state senators, Democrat Bob Casey. The shift is another blow in decades of tit-for-tat escalation over the judiciary, and the tension now fueling the fight over Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Democrats seized on President Trump's comments alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin as the latest evidence supporting one of their arguments that the president needs to be reined in by Congress. They argued that Republicans' responses show that the GOP isn't up to the job.
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