Both major parties look to reach local voters as election draws nearer

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The November general election may be four months away but efforts are escalating by both the Republican and Democrat Parties to get their message out.

The local area has become a focal point for President Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden as Pennsylvania helped bring Trump over the threshold and win the White House in 2016. The Keystone State is a must win for both parties and both campaigns are working hard to win over voters.

Vice President Biden was in Dunmore on Thursday and at about the same time, current Vice President Pence was making a trek across the southeastern part of the state seeking voter support.

Luzerne County which traditionally has voted democrat, turned red in 2016.  Now, leaders of both political parties say they are confident their party can capture the county.

“We are continuing to increase registration with Republicans. We have more Democrats still switching over to the Republlican Party which is showing us that the Democratic Party is not representing Northeastern Pennsylvania residents,” Justin Behrens, Chairman of the Luzerne County GOP told Eyewitness News.

“As soon as the Primary was over we started getting outreach from Demoocrats all across Luzerne County. They want to volunteer, they want Biden signs they want volunteers they want to get involved. They want to make phone calls they want to do everything they can to elect Joe Biden,” Kathy Bozinski, Chairperson of the Luzerne County Democratic Party said.

Political science professor Dr. David Sosar believes voters are doing what he calls “comparison shopping”. He says voters are looking at how candidate handles issues like the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic before making the decision in the voting booth.

“But how they address these particular issues and what happens in the debates I think is really going to be the tell tale of this campaign,” Sosar said.

Eyewitness News took to the streets and asked voters about the race for the White House.

Nikki McKeown is republican living in Wilkes-Barre. She says she’ll vote for Trump in November.

“Just for the simple fact the stuff he has already done for us,” McKeown explained.

Annie Bryant is a life-long Democrat. She say’s she’ll also be voting along party lines.

Trish Lewis is registered as an independent.

“I’m weighing all the options yet,” she told Eyewitness News. “I’m really confused.”

Donald Trump won Pennsylvania by around 45,000 votes in 2016 and gathered 22,000 voters from Luzerne County despite the Democratic Party having a nearly two to one registration advantage.

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