Five months ahead of the April 28 primary, Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren is focusing her campaign efforts on Pennsylvania.
According to the Associated Press, Warren’s campaign has hired a Pennsylvania campaign strategist to begin hiring staff and opening field offices, the first of which will be in Philadelphia.
Warren, a United States senator from Massachusetts, follows former Vice President Joe Biden, who kicked off his campaign in Pennsylvania and has an office in Philadelphia.
Just this week, President Donald Trump visited Hershey and renewed his attack on the progressive Democrat, calling her “Pocahontas” to a chorus of boos. Trump said of Warren’s campaign to win the Democratic nomination, “I don’t think she makes it.”
One of six battleground states, 2020 democratic front-runners will need to carve out a path to success in Pennsylvania and that means edging out Biden’s current polling lead as they vie for the state’s 20 electoral votes.
According to a November poll by Morning call/Muhlenberg College,, 43 percent of Pennsylvania voters have a favorable impression of Biden to be “favorable.” Thirty-eight percent of voters said the same for Warren.
The same poll found that if the race was between Trump and Warren, 50 percent of respondents would vote for Warren and 45 percent would vote for Trump. By comparison, 52 percent said they would vote for Biden with 43 percent saying that they would vote to reelect Trump.
In 2016, Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by less than a percentage point in Pennsylvania.