After Shellacking In PA, Republicans Panic About Trump’s 2020 Prospects

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 21: Former President Barack Obama (C) joins Senator Bob Casey (D- PA) (L) and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (R) on stage at the end of a campaign rally for Pennsylvania Democrats on Sep... PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 21: Former President Barack Obama (C) joins Senator Bob Casey (D- PA) (L) and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (R) on stage at the end of a campaign rally for Pennsylvania Democrats on September 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Midterm election Day is November 6th. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 17, 2018 9:05 a.m.

A thorough shellacking for Republicans in Pennsylvania this year has left President Donald Trump’s allies worried about his 2020 prospects in the state, which he won by less than one percentage point in 2016.

According to a Monday Politico report, the GOP state chairman, Val DiGiorgio, is being blamed by some for the defeat, with accusations of lackluster fundraising and failing to unite a fractured party.

Trump campaign officials have been in touch with DiGiorgio, who claims that the complaints largely stem from losers in his close chairman’s race and that 2018 was tough for Republicans nationwide.

Others blame the President himself for the annihilation. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), a once promising new talent who will retire at the end of the term, called it a case of “reverse coattails” where disgust with Trump pervaded voters’ feelings about all Republican officials.

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