Pennsylvania candidates cancel rally after Pittsburgh shooting

10/27/2018 Politics

At least 12 people were shot and four killed in Saturday morning’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, according to city officials.

The four rallies in Western Pennsylvania, which were to focus on “what’s at stake in this election and the importance of getting out to vote on November 6th,” were called off with no notice on rescheduling, according to statements from the Casey campaign.

The cancellations come as President Donald Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he is planning to move ahead on attending a rally scheduled for later this evening in South Carolina.

“We don’t want to let people that are evil change our lives,” Trump said in remarks to the Future Farmers of America in Indianapolis. “So I think when I’m finished with this, I should go to Illinois, I will go to Illinois, and we’ll keep our schedule the way it’s supposed to be.”

Wolf, a one-term Democrat, leads Republican candidate Scott Wagner, a steadfast supporter of President Donald Trump, by about 17 points in recent polls.
Wagner said his campaign would suspend its activities Saturday in a statement condemning the attack and praising law enforcement.

“Tracy and I offer our condolences to the families of the victims whose lives were lost today in Squirrel Hill,” Wagner said in a statement provided to CNN. “This type of violence is sickening and has no place in our society.”

Casey’s seat is still projected as likely to go to Democrats, as it has been for most of the year, according to a recent CNN poll. The two-term incumbent leads Republican Rep. Lou Barletta by about 16 points in recent polls.

Barletta did not immediately return a request for comment on his Saturday campaign schedule.