One of the states that shocked America by turning red in 2016 was Pennsylvania. The Republican wave in the typically blue state hasn’t ended yet, either. One of their bluest cities is about to flip.
The New York Post reports:
This die-hard Democratic city is about to turn Republican
If John Persinger wins the mayoral race in Erie, Pa., next month, it just might be the greatest local political upset in America this century. A Republican candidate has not been elected mayor here since 1961, when JFK was president.
Tall, witty, energetic and razor-sharp, Persinger is not the guy you’d expect to settle in a town like Erie. He is the kind of person who leaves, moves on to blazing success elsewhere and never returns.
Persinger’s grandfather, John DeMarco, was the son of Italian immigrants who was supposed to take over the family grocery store but instead went to medical school and ended up delivering more than 12,000 Erie babies…
But it is also a struggling city, where schools are hurting financially, the opioid epidemic is rampant and the manufacturing base is collapsing — all factors that led Erie County residents to vote for a Republican president in 2016, the first since Ronald Reagan.
The city of Erie, however, is a different story — Hillary Clinton won all 69 of its voting districts over Donald Trump.
If a Republican wins the mayor’s race in this city, it will send a panic wave through the Democratic Party.
As it should.