Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania on May 20

Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania on May 20

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE next week will stage a rally in Pennsylvania, a state crucial to his reelection chances in 2020, his campaign announced on Monday.

The May 20 rally will take place in the town of Montoursville in northeastern Pennsylvania, where Trump’s strong performance in 2016 helped flip the state from blue to red. Trump’s campaign said it will be his 48th visit to the state and his sixth appearance in that region since launching his first run in 2015.

“President Trump will be returning to Pennsylvania to share his long litany of achievements on behalf of the American people,” said Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner said in a statement.

Trump’s political team is counting on a repeat performance in the Keystone State next year, but several recent polls show him running behind a number of possible Democratic rivals.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez MORE, a native of nearby Scranton, is also making a strong play for Pennsylvania, holding his kickoff rally in the union stronghold of Pittsburgh. Biden is expected to hold a rally 90 miles away in Bethlehem, Pa., two days before Trump’s appearance in Montoursville.

Trump became the first Republican presidential nominee to win Pennsylvania since 1988, edging Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE by just 44,000 votes.

It is one of six battleground states chosen by the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action for a $250 million investment designed to boost Trump’s chances of winning a second term.

The Trump campaign said the president also intends to plug the candidacy of state Rep. Fred Keller (R), who is running in a special election to fill the House seat vacated by former Rep. Tom MarinoThomas (Tom) Anthony MarinoThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Republican wins special House election in Pennsylvania Trump calls man dressed as border wall on stage at rally MORE (R).