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Biden campaign adds 10 new offices across Pennsylvania

President Joe Biden, center, gets his picture taken with supporters shortly after giving a speech at the United Steel Workers Headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Credit: Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Union Progress)

Kim Lyons, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
April 23, 2024

President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party opened 10 new coordinated offices statewide on Tuesday, following Biden’s three-city sweep through the commonwealth last week. The campaign said it now has a  total of 24 coordinated campaign offices, which are focused on grassroots organizing, get-out-the-vote efforts and volunteer recruitment.

The campaign will kickoff the openings in Philadelphia at an event with state Sen. Sharif Street and state Reps. Donna Bullock and Malcolm Kenyatta, all Philadelphia Democrats.

 The latest round of office openings will include five more in Philadelphia, and adds locations in Centre and Luzerne counties.

“President Biden spent last week energizing voters across Pennsylvania, and we’re building on that momentum by investing in the infrastructure we need to reach and activate our winning coalition this November,” Nikki Lu, Biden’s Pennsylvania campaign manager.  “We’re going to make sure that voters everywhere – not just in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh but as many places as possible in between – hear our message and know how to plug into our campaign.”

Pennsylvania is the most important battleground state for the presidential campaigns, with 19 electoral votes at stake. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party opened 14 “coordinated campaign” offices across the state last month in blue areas like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, as well as more red areas like York and Lancaster.

Former President Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, still does not appear to have meaningful campaign infrastructure in the state.

Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by 44,000 votes in 2016, but lost to Biden in 2020 by 80,000 votes.

National ratings outlet the Cook Political Report labels Pennsylvania as one of the six “toss-up” states this cycle. Of the toss-up states, Pennsylvania has the most electoral college votes at stake.

Pennsylvania Democrats and Republicans are heading to the polls today in the primary election. Both Biden and Trump have already clinched their parties’ nominations for president by winning enough early state primaries.

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