— Former 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Joe Peters has endorsed John Chrin, who beat him in the May 15 Republican primary election.
“In the months following a spirited primary, I’ve been fortunate to better get to know John and his family. It is evident to me that he is the right man to advocate for this region in Congress. It is my pleasure to lend my endorsement to his campaign,” Peters said in a statement issued by the Chrin campaign.
During their spring campaign, Peters’ campaign consultant referred to Chrin as “Jersey John” and a Peters radio ad said, “Chrin doesn’t even live in NEPA, registered to vote in the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey. He’s not one of us.”
As anyone who has followed the race knows, Chrin, who grew up in Lehigh and Northampton counties, lived in New Jersey for two decades until last year when he moved to his boyhood home in Lehigh County. He moved twice after that to get in the right congressional district and now lives at Skytop, Barrett Twp., Monroe County.
Chrin’s Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, has made a huge issue of Chrin’s residency during their fall campaign.
If you remember, Peters himself moved from Wyoming County, in the 9th district, back to his father’s Scranton home to run in the 8th against Chrin.
— The 538 website’s latest look at the 8th district race has Cartwright an overwhelming favorite. He now rates an almost 95 percent chance of winning compared to 5 percent for Chrin.
The site takes into account voter registration, voting patterns, available polling, resident demographics and other data. Before a New York Times poll two weeks ago, Cartwright hovered about 85 percent for quite a while, but the poll showed him winning 52 to 40 percent. The poll boosted his chances dramatically.
At this point, if Chrin wins, it would rank as a huge upset, but don’t count him out just yet. Republican get-out-the-vote guru Jerry Morgan works for Chrin.
— One state race that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention and that Democrats have a chance of winning is the 10th Congressional District race between incumbent Republican Scott Perry and Democratic challenger George Scott.
A poll a couple of months ago showed a tight race, but a new poll completed by The New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll has Perry up only 45 percent to 43 percent. Democrats hope to flip at least four Republican seats in Pennsylvania. A Scott win could give them five.