On Friday, Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign team is expected to announce that he has secured endorsements from more than half of Pennsylvania’s House GOP delegation.
According to reports, the backing from Pennsylvania’s House GOP delegation is contributing to Trump’s growing support in the state. This endorsement not only strengthens his position but also helps him distance himself from Republican competitors vying for the party’s official backing.
FiveThirtyEight, a website that tracks congressional endorsements, reports that as of Thursday evening, Trump had garnered the backing of 56 out of the 63 House Republicans.
Trump lands Pennsylvania endorsements post indictment:
“Trump will announce on Friday that he has won the endorsements of more than half of Pennsylvania’s House GOP delegation.”https://t.co/D0tNTSp9KY
— Alex Bruesewitz 🇺🇸 (@alexbruesewitz) June 23, 2023
In the face of the recent indictment based on classified documents, Trump persistently proclaims his innocence and remains steadfast in his determination to fight on and vindicate himself. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) remains Trump’s closest competitor, with the backing of five House Republicans.
Trump’s supporters have reportedly made diligent efforts to rally support within the GOP, as outlined by Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt.
Isenstadt wrote, “Trump and his team have been pushing aggressively to win the backing of congressional Republicans: Earlier this week, he hosted several of the Pennsylvania members for dinner at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club. Brian Jack, Trump’s former White House political director, coordinated the endorsements with the help of TV ad maker John Brabender, a Pennsylvania political veteran.”
He continued, “The indictment over Trump’s handling of classified documents has done little to dissuade congressional Republicans from backing the former president. Earlier this month, a day after the charges were unsealed, Trump traveled to Georgia, where he unveiled the endorsements of a pair of House Republicans from the state, Andrew Clyde (R-GA) and Mike Collins (R-GA). Later that day, the former president went to North Carolina, where he received the backing of Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), who, as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee is a member of party leadership.”
Congressional endorsements are viewed as a conventional means for aspiring candidates to enhance their public standing both within and outside their party. In 2016, Trump achieved a significant feat by winning all 67 counties in Pennsylvania during the Presidential Primary.
Furthermore, in the November 2016 Presidential Election, he became the first Republican in 28 years to secure a victory in Pennsylvania.
On Friday, Trump’s team expressed their enthusiasm, stating, “President Trump looks forward to working with this team to build a coalition of support that will compete for and earn the support of Pennsylvania’s Delegates to the Republican National Convention and win Pennsylvania’s 19 Electoral Votes next November.”