DLCC Announces Pennsylvania Spotlight Candidates

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WASHINGTON — After last month’s primary elections, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is announcing its first slate of Pennsylvania Spotlight candidates. During the primaries, Democrats outvoted Republicans by almost 500,000 votes, a clear sign of Democratic strength in one of 2020’s most important swing states. Republicans are scrambling to defend their fragile majorities and Democrats are ready to capitalize on grassroots enthusiasm and momentum in the Keystone State.

“Our lineup of Spotlight candidates in Pennsylvania is prepared to build off of our victories in 2018,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “These candidates are community leaders, small business owners, and veterans who are determined to continue fighting for their communities in Harrisburg. We’re excited to work with these fantastic candidates to flip both chambers blue and give Pennsylvanians the leadership they deserve.”

The GOP’s hold on the Keystone State continues to loosen. In Pennsylvania, Vice President Joe Biden is polling ahead of President Donald Trump. The Republican Majority has fought Gov. Tom Wolf tooth-and-nail as he works with Democratic lawmakers to safely guide PA through the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the two top state Republicans have called it quits. Mike Turzai, the former GOP Speaker, resigned early and GOP Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati will not seek re-election. It’s clear that the Pennsylvania GOP is in retreat and Democrats are ready to take charge in Harrisburg.

The first slate of Pennsylvania Spotlight candidates include 8 for the Senate and 19 for the House. Among the 27 candidates are 8 Democratic incumbents vying for re-election. The Democrats need to flip 4 seats to take control of the Senate for the first time since 1993. To turn the House blue for the first time since 2010, the Democrats need to flip 9 seats.

Both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are top targets in the DLCC’s $50 million Flip Everything campaign to win legislative majorities across the country this year. Since Trump’s election, the DLCC and state Democrats have flipped more than 450 seats and 10 legislative chambers from red to blue.

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