A political-action committee started by party insiders with ties to Newt Gingrich and Ben Carson has put up its first pro-Donald Trump billboard in Lancaster County. It's along Route 272 in Akron.
Amish PAC, whose mission is to get Plain voters to the polls to vote for the billionaire real-estate developer in November, will also be placing pro-Trump ads in local newspapers in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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“We’ve officially begun to introduce Donald Trump to, likely, the last group of voters who still don’t know anything about him,” Ben Walters, an Amish PAC co-founder, told reporter Sam Janesch earlier this month.
The Trump campaign has made it clear it intends to fight Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes. No Republican presidential nominee has won Pennsylvania since 1988.
“At Cleveland, the Republicans doubled down and said Pennsylvania is a battleground state and they said we’re going to be here,” G. Terry Madonna, a Franklin & Marshall College political scientist, told LNP earlier this week. “It’s now apparent they believe this state has again resumed its battleground status.”
Two weeks ago, a Quinnipiac University poll found Trump leading Clinton by 2 points after FBI Director James Comey rebuked her reliance on a private email server as secretary of state. Comey described her behavior in handling of classified information as "extremely careless."
A RealClearPolitics average of polls conducted among Pennsylvania voters has Clinton leading Trump by 3.2 percentage points. A FiveThirtyEight forecast, which analyzes polling data, says Trump has a 58 percent chance of winning Pennsylvania.
Trump and Clinton are both campaigning in Pennsylvania this week.
In other news, the Amish PAC for Trump put up two billboards today, outside of Akron and Lancaster. pic.twitter.com/HRvlSATZmm— Bobby Allyn (@BobbyAllyn) July 25, 2016