Pennsylvania Republicans’ Path to Victory Begins With Flipping Trump-won Democrat-Held Districts

RSLC unveils offensive strategy to flip 17 Democrat-held districts won by Donald Trump in 2016
WASHINGTON – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today unveiled one key path to victory for Pennsylvania Republicans in the all-important 2020 redistricting cycle, including 17 opportunities to flip districts currently held by a Democrat but won by Donald Trump in 2016. Pennsylvania House seats like districts 33, 55, 72 and 123 represent just a few targets for Republicans to win key flips and hold their legislative majorities to protect Pennsylvanians from liberal gerrymandering after the next Census. The committee’s announcement today will be reinforced by robust in-state earned media and digital campaigns focused on drawing clear contrasts between the Republican Party’s record of success and the Democratic Party’s embrace of the socialist agenda. The RSLC has spent over $300,000 in Pennsylvania already and is all-in to protect House and Senate majorities in November.

“The Democratic Party is desperate to make gains in Pennsylvania, and liberal mega- donors have shown they are willing to spend whatever it takes to buy a decade of power,” said Edith Jorge-Tuñón, RSLC Political Director. “Organizations led by Barack Obama and Eric Holder are working to silence conservative voices across the Keystone State, and the RSLC is leading the fight to stop them. We know we have better candidates, that run better campaigns, and have a better message —  we are confident that we will be successful this fall.”

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai added, “This is more than a battle for one election cycle – this is a battle for the direction of our state and our democracy. We’re proud of our work for the people of Pennsylvania and we know that voters this fall will return Republican majorities to the legislature to keep our commonwealth growing.”

Momentum in 2020 is squarely on the side of Republicans after winning three critical special elections, including a 19-point swing in a suburban Philadelphia district that Hillary Clinton won by 9% in 2016.

All seats are up for election in the Pennsylvania state House, including 15 flip opportunities in Democrat-held Trump districts. Pittsburgh is critical to Republican success with close to half of the targeted districts located in the area.

The RSLC in April was proud to add longtime Republican strategist Karl Rove and former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to the board of directors. RNC National Committeewoman for Pennsylvania Christine Toretti has been a board member since 2014.