Can shy Trump vot­ers swing Penn­syl­va­nia?

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ryan Navarro, Carnegie, Pa.

There is lit­tle ques­tion as Elec­tion Day dawns that Don­ald Trump’s slim path to the White House runs through Penn­syl­va­nia. In a state where Mitt Rom­ney faded head­ing into the home­stretch, the man at the top of this elec­tion’s ticket is ag­gres­sively nar­row­ing the gap.

His big­gest hope for a win is those of us who pre­fer not to openly iden­tify as be­long­ing in his bas­ket of de­plorables when prompted by poll­sters and friends alike yet who none­the­less have his back. We are those com­pli­cated right-lean­ing vot­ers who have held our heads high when pro­claim­ing to the world that we cast our pri­mary bal­lot for the noble John Ka­sich, while se­cretly ru­mi­nat­ing over hav­ing made a less de­sir­able choice.

We are those pesky Repub­li­cans who have de­cided to pri­or­i­tize party above char­ac­ter with the hopes that our si­lent back­ing can tilt the Supreme Court in our fa­vor. We are those cyn­i­cal con­ser­va­tives who have lis­tened to pun­dits and com­men­ta­tors on all sides tear our can­di­date apart and fear per­ma­nent dam­age to our rep­u­ta­tion, should the truth be re­vealed.

We are those Penn­syl­va­ni­ans who may be the cause of a Pres­i­dent Trump on elec­tion night. Just don’t blame us.

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