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A GOP congressional candidate in Biden's hometown aims to defeat Democrat

Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are cities once dominated by Democrats in the Rust Belt of northeast Pennsylvania where President Joe Biden was born.

It may be tough to unseat U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright in Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District, but Donald Trump-backed business owner Jim Bognet believes he can come out on top.

Cartwright won the general election by about 12,300 votes over Bognet, who owns a communications and public affairs consulting firm.

A Quinnipiac University national poll released on July 20 showed Biden's approval rating has plummeted to 31 percent, the lowest in his first term.

“I was looking forward to the opportunity to discuss my work supporting our brave men and women in law enforcement,” Cartwright said in a statement.

“I am proud to have worked with members of both parties to secure $2.1 million dollars to support our law enforcement in Wilkes-Barre, $3.5 million for the Scranton Police Department, and an additional $2 million to reduce violent drug, gang and gun activity in our community,” Cartwright added.

27 July 2022


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