By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
In a test-run leading up to the all-important 2020 general election, Pennsylvania elected another pro-life candidate to Congress this week.
From his ever-present precious feet pin to his 100 percent pro-life voting record in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Fred Keller is a pro-life champion. With the important endorsements of both the National Right to Life Political Action Committee and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC, Keller trounced his pro-abortion opponent, Democrat Marc Friedenberg, commanding 68 percent of the vote to Friedenburg’s 32 percent, in a special election to fill the House seat in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district.
The landslide victory followed a spirited Trump Rally Monday in this very important district. The President himself surmised that his appearance helped to boost Keller’s chances in the Tuesday special election in a CD located in central and northern Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania proved to be one of the key battleground states in the 2016 Presidential Election. The Commonwealth’s claim to electoral fame shows no signs of diminishing in 2020—in fact, a number of analysts have predicted that the Keystone State will be the key to winning the White House next year.
Could Keller’s decisive win be a harbinger of another Pennsylvania victory for the President? The special election results clearly indicate that there is no such thing as “Trump fatigue” in PA 12, which turned out for Trump in droves for the pre-election rally.
The May election also represents a rebound from the 2018 mid-terms, which saw Democrats recapture the U.S. House of Representatives and win a number of seats in the PA Congressional delegation.
Indeed, Keller’s victory can be seen as a beacon of hope for 2020—despite the relentless attacks on the President by pro-abortion Democrats. While the 12th district offers Republicans an advantage in terms of voter registration, the former state lawmaker’s 36 point margin of victory is still impressive.
Both newly-elected Congressman Keller and President Trump can claim a PA victory this week—in a show of strength which bodes well for the Presidential election cycle to come.