Is ‘Scranton Joe’ Losing His Mojo In Pennsylvania?

President Joe Biden, the guy everyone knows as “Scranton Joe,” is having a tough time winning over voters in Pennsylvania, a state that helped him clinch the White House back in 2020. Democrats are wondering what’s going on and why Biden’s support is slipping in a place he considers his second home.

A recent poll showed Biden’s support among young voters in Pennsylvania has tanked from 62% in 2020 to just 47% now. Even worse, his backing from Hispanic and Black voters has taken a nosedive from 71% to 57%. Yikes!

Former Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) couldn’t believe it. “If there’s any place where he should be doing well or better than President Trump, it’s Pennsylvania,” he said. After all, Biden’s got a personal connection to the state and has been putting in the work there for decades.

Meanwhile, ad spending numbers show that Pennsylvania is the hottest battleground state right now. Nearly a third of all presidential ad dollars are being dumped into the Keystone State, which Trump narrowly won in 2016 before Biden snagged it back in 2020.

Some Democrats are trying to stay optimistic, pointing to the success of other Pennsylvania candidates like Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) and Gov. Josh Shapiro (D-PA). But economic uncertainty and rising prices, combined with Trump’s ability to pull in non-traditional conservative voters, could lead to Democrat frustrations not seen in the two examples.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) still thinks Biden would win if the election were held today, but even he admits the tight race is “worrisome.” With Trump making moves to win over key voting groups, Democrats are starting to sweat about Biden’s chances of “holding on” to Pennsylvania.