Pennsylvania primaries to set match-ups in House battlegrounds

Bridget Bowman, CQ-Roll Call on

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Democrats may have a better shot at GOP Rep. Scott Perry in the 10th District, which includes Harrrisburg. Perry is among the most vulnerable House members due to a combination of a more Democratic-leaning district and the Democratic recruit.

State Auditor Eugene DePasquale is running to take on Perry, and Democrats believe he is a strong contender after narrowly carrying the district in his statewide race. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added DePasquale to its Red to Blue program for strong challengers.

DePasquale has nearly matched Perry's fundraising, with $703,000 in his campaign account to Perry's $723,000 as of May 13. But to take on Perry, DePasquale first has to defeat attorney Tom Brier. Both candidates have launched TV ads in the primary. Inside Elections rates the 10th District race Tilts Republican.

The DCCC also listed GOP Rep. Mike Kelly on its initial 2020 target list after he faced a closer contest in 2018 than expected. Kelly won reelection by 4 points in the new 16th District district, which Trump would have won by 20 points.

Teacher Kristy Gnibus, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary to take on Kelly. She had just $19,000 in her campaign account as of May 13, while Kelly had $966,000. Inside Elections rates the race Solid Republican.


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