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Democrats hope to flip PA's 10th District seat

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 16, 2017 9:28 AM
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(Washington, DC) -- Republican Congressman Tom Marino of northeastern Pennsylvania is expected to leave his seat to take a role in the Trump Administration.

While he hasn't officially announced any move, candidates on both sides of the aisle are ready to jump into the ring. 

Congressman Marino won each of his elections in the 10th district since 2011 by wide margins.

It's a sprawling, rural area that's only gotten more conservative over the years. 

President Donald Trump carried each county in the district last November, which is encouraging to Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko, who says he'll run if the seat opens.

"It's going to take somebody that is well-rounded, that's got a very conservative record, like I said I do," he said.

Marcel Groen, Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, says the seat could flip.

"It appears that the President's numbers are not doing well, so I think it gives us an opportunity," Groen said.

The most recent Franklin and Marshall College Poll reported only 38 percent of respondents in the district thought Trump was doing a good or excellent job.

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