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Clinton kicking off post-nom campaign in PA

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 28, 2016 9:34 PM
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Hillary Clinton is officially the first female presidential nominee of a major American political party. (Photo by AP)

(Harrisburg) -- After officially accepting the Democratic nomination for president in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton is planning to work her way around Pennsylvania.

She and her running mate, Tim Kaine, are slated to be in Harrisburg Friday evening for a rally at the Broad Street Market.

The Democratic presidential nominee's visit comes just days after her opponent, Donald Trump, rallied in Scranton.

During his visit, Trump aggressively courted working-class voters. They're likely to have significant sway in how Pennsylvania votes in November.

But Clinton staffer Adrienne Elrod said the Democratic candidate will take a broader approach in the state.

"To the labor community in Pennsylvania, to, you know, everybody, she really wants to show that she is the person fighting for everyone," Elrod said. "And even if you're not supporting her, she will be with you."

The influx of visits from presidential nominees so soon after their respective conventions seems to confirm that the race in Pennsylvania may very well be competitive.

Elrod agreed.

"I think that there has been, you know, a little bit of downward trending in the polls in terms of party affiliation, Democrat versus Republican," Elrod said of Trump's recent gains in Pennsylvania.

"But look, she has a strong base of support there, and it's very important to her that she go back to Pennsylvania with her new running mate and reconnect with those voters."

Though the state has voted Democrat for decades, Trump's campaign says Pennsylvania could swing in the businessman's favor.

Clinton's tour is scheduled to move on to Pittsburgh Saturday, which marks 100 days until the November election.

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