When ten-term Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Lancaster) retired last year, veteran state Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) turned backed a credible challenge from Democrat Christina Hartman by a substantial 54-43% margin to hold the seat for the Republicans. Now, the Democrats may be fielding a different challenger for 2018. Yesterday, economic development non-profit organization executive director Jessica King (D) announced her opposition candidacy to Rep. Smucker. It’s unclear if the Democrats will settle upon King, but the move here suggests they may want to mount another challenge at the new Congressman even though this southeastern Pennsylvania district has remained in Republican hands since the end of World War II.
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