Tens of thousands of people showed up to a rally President Trump held on Saturday evening at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport in Butler, Pennsylvania.
As Breitbart News reports, the crowd was estimated to be over 57,000 and comes as a part of a final series of campaign events just days before November 3rd. The rally was Trump’s third in the state after having previously visited Newtown and Reading. Trump took off immediately following the rally and gave a speech in Montoursville later that evening.
According to my friend Denise, who was at the last rally in Butler, PA, the @SecretService put the crowd at 57,000.
Did you get that? pic.twitter.com/cMvPUfTZVe
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) November 1, 2020
President Trump spoke to the crowd as the sun was setting, encouraging them to re-elect his pro-energy, pro-law enforcement platform.
Pennsylvania is considered a narrowly contested state and one that could ultimately determine the outcome of the presidential election.
FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver went as far as to describe Biden as the “underdog” in the Electoral College race, should Trump win the state.
“Pennsylvania has not bumped up to a 7- or 8-point Biden lead like we see in Michigan and Wisconsin. It’s 5 points. It’s not a big early voting state, so a lot of votes have not yet been cast in Pennsylvania,” Silver said, via Axios.
“Among the votes that were sent in by mail, there are some provisions about a naked ballot, a security envelope. That could make things more complicated. You could have the courts involved. You have some protests, looting in Philadelphia. There’s lots of stuff going on,” he continued.
Losing the state could ripple across the country for Biden, tipping the electoral vote towards Trump, Silver continued.
“Maybe a lot of little things add up and Biden loses Pennsylvania by half a point, and then he doesn’t quite pull off Arizona or North Carolina. He does have other options. … But still, without Pennsylvania, then Biden becomes an underdog,” he contended.
Politico reports Pennsylvania Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro similarly said his state was “pivotal” in determining the final outcome.
“We are the Keystone State,” Shapiro said. “It’s clear from an Electoral College perspective, if you look at the map from last cycle, just how pivotal Pennsylvania is. At the end of the day, I think if Pennsylvania goes, so will go the country.”
The report adds:
Biden is beating Trump by 4 or 5 percentage points here, according to polling averages — a decent but not overwhelming lead that is within some surveys’ margin of error. Pennsylvania and its 20 Electoral College votes have more psychological significance to Biden’s campaign than any other state. Biden’s political persona is rooted in his childhood in Scranton, his campaign was headquartered in Philadelphia until the pandemic began, and he has held more events in Pennsylvania than any other battleground.