PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There are now exactly two weeks until Election Day and the campaigning is kicking into high gear.
The race for the newly-formed 8th Congressional District in Pennsylvania is getting interesting with two high-profile names coming to northeastern Pennsylvania this week.
Eric Trump, the son of President Donald J. Trump, made three stops for republican candidate John Chrin in Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna Counties.
Chrin is running against incumbent democrat Matt Cartwright in November.
“If the army of Trump goes out, we win this thing and it’s not even close!” Eric Trump told a crowd of about 70 people at the Wallenpaupack Sports Shop.
Eric Trump was working to fire-up the republican base.
The son of the president is trying to help 8th District Congressional candidate John Chrin.
“He’s going to do great things. I always planned on voting for him,” Mary Schwartz of Hawley said.
While some people already supported Chrin, others weren’t sure.
“I didn’t know who he really was and what he was standing for, which is another reason I came today and after hearing him speak to us and telling us what he’s all about, I’m voting for him,” Maxine Deichler of Tafton said.
“Quite frankly, my father can’t do what he’s doing if we don’t have people in there with backbone,” Eric Trump said.
Eric Trump highlighted what he believes to be his father’s successes in terms of the economy and GOP tax cuts.
“There wasn’t a single democrat, there wasn’t a single democrat that voted to cut taxes in this country,” Eric Trump said.
With high-profile visits like Eric Trump, John Chrin is feeling optimistic.
“I am very comfortable and very confident, as I was from day one, that we can take this across the finish line,” Congressional candidate John Chrin said.
Chrin’s challenger, incumbent Matt Cartwright, is trying to finish the race strong by going door-to-door talking with voters.
“I’ve never believed that one politician can drag another politician over the finish line. I think people are judged on their own merits,” Congressional candidate Matt Cartwright said.
As he canvassed in the Clarks Summit area, Cartwright says he is finding a lot of support.
Some voters say they appreciate the personal visits as opposed to “big name” rallies.
“I think it’s very important that everyone goes out and meets the constituents in their area,” Lenora Cunningham of Clarks Summit said.
On Wednesday, the campaigning in support of John Chrin will continue.
Vice President Mike Pence is expected to hold a rally in support of Chrin at the Wyoming Valley Airport in Forty Fort.
That event is open to the public.