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September 14, 2020

Presidential candidates focus in on Pennsylvania

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Summary: Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have honed in on Pennsylvania as a critical state to win in 2020. Polling in the state is close, and Pennsylvania narrowly flipped to the Republicans in 2016 after it was won two cycles in a row by Obama. Some voters in the state have had concerns over the economy that predate the COVID-19 pandemic, and both candidates are pushing an economic message there.

  1. Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:
    • Who is the story about?
    • What is important about these particular voters?
    • When and where is this happening?
    • Why are candidates focusing on Pennsylvania now?
    • How are the candidates trying to appeal to Pennsylvania voters?

Then have students share with the class or through a Learning Management System (LMS).

2. Focus question: Because Pennsylvania is a “swing state” where polls are close, candidates are spending much more time there than some other states. How do you think the existence of swing states changes the way candidates appeal to voters?

3. Media literacy: What Pennsylvania voters do you think this story has left out? Why are their voices important?

Dig deeper: Want to learn more about the electoral college and figure out what each candidate needs to win this fall? Use this lesson plan and resource from PBS’s Election Collection to game out electoral college votes for the candidates.


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