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Election 2016: The State of Pennsylvania

Graduate students from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute spent a recent weekend in the swing state Pennsylvania, covering stories surrounding the 2016 Presidential Election. The Reporting the Nation and New York cohort spent the weekend in Philadelphia. Students in the Business and Economic Reporting program headed to Scranton.

Pennsylvania is known as a demographic bridge between mid-western states and the northeast states. Through this year’s contentious Presidential Election, various outlets, and polls have noted that Pennsylvania joins a select list of states that have the power to decide who will become the country’s next president. The state, which has leaned Democrat since 1992, has large pockets of red counties that can sway the state. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, remains a Democratic stronghold, while smaller cities like Scranton, formerly Democratic, are emerging as Republican.

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