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Editor’s corner: Warren County has huge role in presidency

Warren County matters big time when it comes to this presidential election. All one has to do is look to the regional visit last weekend by Democratic candidate Joe Biden in Erie.

As noted here one month ago, Pennsylvania is in play — and it could very well be the swing state that pushes one of the candidates over the top. Biden, during his brief stop to the west, hammered on the nation’s economy as Wall Street continues to remain near a record high while Main Street struggles.

He also made a plea with blue-collar workers for their support. “The president can only see the world from Park Avenue. I see it from Scranton and Claymont. Y’all see it from Erie,” Biden said, referring to the hometowns of his youth in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Biden’s camp may have been energized by this quick stop, but it could not top the visit made by President Donald Trump on Oct. 10, 2018, at Erie Insurance Arena.

That venue was filled to capacity — and it was not even an election year. Throughout the event, the president made sure those in attendance knew where he stood in regard to fossil fuels while noting “the power of Pennsylvania shale and clean beautiful Pennsylvania coal is putting our miners and steelworkers back to work. American steel is now one of the hottest industries.”

There’s no doubt Warren County is Trump country. But the remainder of the state remains a mixed bag.

Recent polling shows Biden leading between the Commonwealth in ranges between 4% to 9%. Every vote counts on Nov. 3.

We really would not want it any other way.

John D’Agostino is regional editor of the Times Observer, The Post-Journal and the OBSERVER in Dunkirk. Send comments to jdagostino@observertoday.com or call (716) 487-1111, ext. 253.

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