More Biden, Trump visits this week in fight for Pennsylvania

The Associated Press
President Donald Trump speaks at the Pennsylvania Shell ethylene cracker plant on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 in Monaca, Pa.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

HARRISBURG — President Donald Trump will make his fourth and fifth appearances in September in Pennsylvania, flying into and out of rallies at two different airports this week.

Tuesday’s event is at Pittsburgh International Airport and Saturday’s event is at Harrisburg International Airport.

Trump’s visits underscores the importance of Pennsylvania to the Nov. 3 presidential election, as Trump seeks a second term against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Biden has made four visits to Pennsylvania this month, including an address Sunday in Philadelphia, where he slammed Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to install a replacement on the Supreme Court for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Both of Trump’s sons are making visits to Pennsylvania this week, too, while Jill Biden is doing a remote event with supporters in Erie this week.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gives the thumbs up as he arrives to pose for photographs with union leaders outside the AFL-CIO headquarters in Harrisburg on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Losing Pennsylvania could prove fatal to Biden’s chances of defeating Trump: No Democrat has won the presidency without winning Pennsylvania since Harry S. Truman in 1948.

Trump in 2016 edged out Democrat Hillary Clinton by 44,292 votes in Pennsylvania, or less than 1 percentage point.

That victory helped pave Trump’s way to the White House and shifted Pennsylvania’s electoral votes to the Republican column for the first time since 1988.