President Donald Trump will urge Pennsylvania voters to choose Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta over two-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Casey during a rally in Erie next week, campaign officials said Wednesday.

“With just 34 days from today until the midterm elections, the president looks forward to celebrating the success of the booming Trump economy that’s creating new jobs and bigger paychecks for the hard-working men and women of the Keystone State,” campaign spokesman Michael Glassner said in a statement. “President Trump will also remind Pennsylvanians of the critical importance to get out and vote for Lou Barletta in his race for the U.S. Senate against Bob Casey.”

The event is set to begin 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Erie Insurance Arena in downtown Erie.

Barletta, a Hazleton congressman and early Trump supporter, has been trailing Casey in fundraising and polling. Vice President Mike Pence supported Barletta at a Philadelphia event in July, and Trump did so during a visit to Wilkes-Barre in early August.

“I am honored and excited that President Trump will be returning to Erie, a place that was critical to his election victory in Pennsylvania,” U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler, said Wednesday in a statement.

“President Trump understands that the mid-term election is essential to ensuring that his pro-growth, pro-family, pro-American policies continue,” said Kelly, whose district includes Erie. “I will be welcoming the president to Erie along with thousands of other Western Pennsylvanians to make sure that he receives the warmest welcome.”

The event is part of the Trump re-election campaign’s “Make America Great Again” tour.

The U.S. midterm elections will be held on Nov. 6.

Members of the public can register for up to two free tickets to the rally at

Source: The Associated Press

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