“Scranton Joe” is now getting a Scranton No

The President made frequent (some would say nearly constant) references to the fact that he was from blue collar Scranton, Pennsylvania during the 2020 campaign.

The fact that he moved away from the city before his tenth birthday didn’t stop him from using it as a way to appeal to the working class.

But now, “Scranton Joe” is getting a Scranton No.

According to a recent Cygnal poll, just 38 percent of voters in Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District, which includes all of the city of Scranton approve of the president, compared with 60 percent who disapprove.

The survey was commissioned by Republican Congressional hopeful Jim Bognet’s campaign.

Bognet nearly unseated incumbent Congressman and Biden ally Matt Cartwright (D-PA) in 2020 when Cartwright won narrowly by a 3-1/2 percent margin and now, with Donald Trump’s endorsement, he’s back for a rematch.

The poll found that after narrowly carrying Pennsylvania in 2020—in an election where the winner of the state’s electoral votes wasn’t projected until days after the votes were cast—Biden’s image has fallen back to earth almost as quickly as when he took a spill during a recent bicycle mishap.

Majority give thumbs down

Statewide, only 34 percent of Pennsylvanians give Biden a thumbs up for his performance as president, compared with 55 percent who disapprove.

Biden was set to visit Scranton in late July, but the plan fell through after he tested positive for COVID-19.

That was fortuitous news for Matt Cartwright.

Cartwright confirmed that Biden was to visit his district but would not say whether he would join the President.

As Biden continues to be held in such low esteem this has become a trend in swing states.

Lieutenant Governor and Democrat US Senate candidate John Fetterman as well as Keystone State Attorney General Josh Shapiro snubbed Biden when he appeared in Pittsburgh citing “scheduling conflicts.” 

Biden snubbs are trending

Additionally, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Georgia gubernatorial hopeful, Democrat Stacey Abrams have avoided Biden like the plague.

Before Biden’s polling plunge, Cartwright in April 2019 said he was “honored” to endorse his “friend, northeastern PA hometown boy, Joe Biden for President.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee says that because Biden’s declared hometown has soured so much on the President, this is the end of “Scranton Joe.”  

Spokeswoman Samantha Bullock said in a statement, “Scranton voters have completely abandoned Joe Biden and that shift is going to devastate Matt Cartwright’s chances in November.”

The Cygnal poll shows Bognet with a 1-point lead over incumbent Congressman Matt Cartwright.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.

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