Alvernia presidential historian discusses Lehigh Valley’s bellwether status

Written by on November 5, 2020

 Alvernia presidential historian discusses Lehigh Valley’s bellwether status

By Brittany Swenney

November 5, 2020

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(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 30, 2020 shows Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden waves to supporters before speaking at a Drive-In rally at Dallas High School, in Dallas, Pennsylvania, on October 24, 2020, and US President Donald Trump arrives to hold a Make America Great Again rally as he campaigns in Gastonia, North Carolina, October 21, 2020. (Photos by Angela Weiss and SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS,SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

With many of Pennsylvania’s votes remaining to be counted, the commonwealth has yet to pick its presidential candidate. 

WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney spoke with a presidential historian to find out what results in the Lehigh Valley may signal about Pennsylvania.

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Alvernia University’s Presidential Historian Dr. Tim Blessing says he expects the media to call the presidential election today or tomorrow, but adds that lawsuits could delay a definitive answer for weeks. 

As the count continues in Pennsylvania, Blessing says the Lehigh Valley will continue to be a bellwether for presidential elections.

“If Biden wins, it’s all Philadelphia, and Philadelphia’s collar counties. So in terms of demonstrating which way the rest of Pennsylvania is going, the Lehigh Valley has become very important. For a long time you all were heading in a democratic fashion, but since Trump has refashioned the Republican Party, you have become really what Pennsylvania is.”

Because the counts are so close in many key states, Blessing says the race could be contested on many levels – from state courts all the way up to the Senate.

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