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Vice President Pence to campaign for Perry, Smucker in Lancaster
Vice President Mike Pence will visit Lancaster on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to campaign for U.S. Reps. Scott Perry and Lloyd Smucker in their bids for re-election in the upcoming November midterms.
Pence will speak at the Lancaster Airport at 2 p.m.
The Republican incumbents face credible challenges from the left.
Perry, a three-term incumbent from Carroll Township, is facing George Scott in his bid to take control of the 10th District, which was renamed and reconfigured earlier this year under the new state Supreme Court-imposed congressional map.
Polls have shown the race is close, and earlier this month FiveThirtyEight political analyst Harry Enten called it "one of the most competitive races in the state."
Among key differences between the 10th District candidates are their views on President Donald Trump's policies.
Perry votes along with Trump 85.9 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Perry's Democratic challenger is opposed to many Trump policies that Perry supports, including the proposed border wall with Mexico and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Scott was endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, in September.
Smucker, a first-term incumbent Republican from Lancaster County, faces Democratic challenger Jess King for control of the 11th District. Polls show Smucker with a wide lead in the race.
Smucker's and King's campaign financing are in stark contrast.
Smucker has raised more than $1 million, with 31 percent of the money coming from political action committees, according to the Federal Elections Commission.
King has refused money from PACs and raised more than $780,000, 98 percent from individuals.
The candidates also differ on their views on universal health care.
King supports a Medicare-for-all system; Smucker has said it's necessary to make health care a competitive, free market, avoiding influence from the government.
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Pennsylvania.