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Some Voters Eastern Pennsylvania That Joe Biden Repeated The Mistakes Of Hillary Clinton

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President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at iG Flight Services on October 26, 2020 in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania.
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Trump, 74, attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, which is located in Philadephia, 120 miles from Scranton.

Some callers accused Trump of tapping into fears that have been stoked by the area’s fragile economic situation.

Caller Dave chalked up Trump’s win four years ago to “fake populism and racism.”

Another caller said Trump is out of touch with the voters.

“He’s a billionaire who doesn’t give a damn about anyone in this area,” said Biden supporter Mark.

Before Trump pulled off the 2016 upset, besting Clinton by less than a single percentage point, the state had not gone to the GOP presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

It’s once again been identified as a crucial battleground this year, as Biden has an edge over Trump in most polls. According to RealClearPolitics’ polling tracker, Biden holds nearly a 5-point lead over Biden in Pennsylvania. But the Trump campaign argues that the race is tightening, and Pennsylvania polls a week out from the election similarly showed Clinton up about 5 points.

“More and more poll numbers come out every day that show a tightening race,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters on Monday as Trump held three separate rallies in Pennsylvania on that day alone.

Biden, who has limited his travel schedule throughout the campaign because of the ongoing pandemic, made a brief trip to Pennsylvania on Monday for a small meeting with supporters at a voter service center just across the Delaware state line. Biden told reporters he hopes to carry Pennsylvania “by the grace of God.”

“The blue wall has to be reestablished,” he said.

In a separate statement, Biden said Pennsylvania families “deserve a president who will fight every day for their families, their health care and their jobs.”

Biden has opted for virtual events and drive-in rallies, while Trump has continued to hold multiple mass rallies, drawing packed crowds, every day.

Trump’s campaign surrogates, featuring Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s three oldest children, have made repeated campaign swings through Pennsylvania. First lady Melania Trump also held an event there this week.

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