Op-Ed: Navigating Pennsylvania’s Political Future

Originally published in RealClear Politics.

In Pennsylvania, many Republicans are skipping the political autopsy of Donald Trump’s narrow presidential loss to Joe Biden – still contested in court by the president’s team – and celebrating the party’s resurgence in down-ballot races.

Before Election Day, the state GOP’s electoral prospects seemed unclear, but then Pennsylvanians – again showing their mercurial voting patterns – delivered for Republican incumbents and candidates, particularly those with centrist views. “It was sort of the anti-wave election in Pennsylvania,” said Christopher Borick, director of Muhlenberg College’s Institute of Public Opinion. This outcome benefitted Republicans but also spared numerous Democrats. It suggests that Republicans and Democrats confront a nuanced post-Trump map in the Keystone State. 

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