VP Mike Pence hitting the midstate to try to boost House GOP bids

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 24, 2018 4:40 AM

Vice President Mike Pence addresses the American Legion's 100th national convention, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(Lancaster) -- Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Pennsylvania to stump for Republican congressional candidates as the GOP faces losses in the state.

Pence is expected to campaign today with Republican John Chrin in Scranton before flying to Lancaster to appear with Republican midstate congressmen Lloyd Smucker and Scott Perry.

The boundaries of Pennsylvania's congressional districts changed after a January court ruling that Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered the districts in 2011.

Republicans won 13 of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional seats in 2016, but are expected to lose seats around Allentown, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in the November 6th eleciton.

Perry is facing a stiff challenge from Democrat George Scott after his central Pennsylvania district became less conservative.

Chrin is trying to unseat three-term Democratic Congressman Matt Cartwright in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Smucker's district is heavily Republican.

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