These results in the eastern part of the state “are not helpful to Trump’s re-election prospects in Pennsylvania,” said Jeff Brauer, a political science professor at Keystone College.
“The big question will be the extent of enthusiasm of his non-supporters in the state,” Brauer added. “If that outweighs his base support, that will swing the election against him. It’s something he shouldn’t underestimate.”
Trump won Pennsylvania by just 44,000 votes in 2016, the first Republican to take the state since 1988. That margin is so thin, the state could easily be won by a Democrat in 2020.
But if the Democrats want a victory, they must hone their message. Because here’s the other takeaway from last week’s statewide elections: the Western suburbs around Pittsburgh are deepening their allegiance to the GOP.