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Vice President Pence heads to the midstate to tour firm, speak to GOP crowd

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 6, 2019 4:35 AM
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Vice President Mike Pence addresses the American Legion's 100th national convention, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(York) -- Vice President Mike Pence is dropping in on the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania today to tour a York County robotics maker and headline a state Republican Party fundraiser dinner in Dauphin County.

He's expected to tout the Trump administration's record in his first visit this year.

In the afternoon, Pence will tour York-based JLS Automation.

Afterward, he'll head to Camp Hill to speak to a state party dinner crowd.

The vice president's visit comes as President Donald Trump's campaign is ramping up its re-election effort in a state where he scored a surprise 2016 win and delivered a crushing loss to Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump became the first Republican to win Pennsylvania since 1988.

Since then, Republicans have suffered a string of high-profile election losses in Pennsylvania, raising questions about whether the president can win the state again.

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