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Trump Headed Back To State Next Week

May 14, 2019

President Donald Trump will return to Pennsylvania on Monday for a campaign rally two days after one of his Democratic challengers will be in Philadelphia. Trump is headed to Montoursville, Lycoming County, where voters will cast ballots the next day in a special election to replace Republican former U.S. Rep. Tom Marino. The lawmaker, who stepped down a month into the legislative term because of health issues, was an early backer of Trump during the 2016 campaign. Trump’s campaign said Monday the president will be there in part to show support for GOP state Rep. Fred Keller, who is running to represent the heavily Republican 12th District. The Democratic candidate is Marc Friedenberg, a college professor who lost to Marino in the November general election. The rally also comes two days after Democrat Joe Biden will be holding a campaign rally along Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Parkway. Pennsylvania was a key state to Trump’s victory in 2016, powered in part by support in parts of northeastern Pennsylvania that previously had leaned more Democratic. He has visited the region six times, according to his campaign. The state overall is expected to again play a critical role in next year’s presidential contest. At Monday’s rally and as the campaign unfolds, expect to hear Trump talk about the positive economic numbers as part of his re-election pitch. “President Trump will be returning to Pennsylvania to share his long litany of achievements on behalf of the American people,” said Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of Trump’s 2020 campaign. “Because of President Trump, the economy is booming, paychecks are rising, and manufacturing is finally returning to the United States, with nearly 500,000 manufacturing jobs created since President Trump took office.” Monday’s rally begins at 7 p.m. at the Energy Aviation Hangar in Montoursville, and doors will open at 4 p.m.