Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is set to announce on Friday that he won the endorsement of more than half of Pennsylvania’s House GOP delegation, an illustration of the broad support he has maintained among congressional Republicans even after his federal impeachment.
The former Pennsylvania president’s support — from Representatives Mike Kelly, Dan Meuser, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler and John Joyce — further solidifies his lead in congressional approval over his Republican rivals. As of Thursday night, Trump had received support from 56 of the 63 House Republicans who had so far endorsed a candidate, according to FiveThirtyEight, which is monitoring congressional approvals. Trump’s closest competitor, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has the support of five House Republicans.
Trump and his team have been pushing aggressively to win support from congressional Republicans: Earlier this week, he hosted several Pennsylvania members for dinner at his Bedminster, NJ, golf club. Brian Jack, Trump’s former White House policy director, coordinated the endorsements with help from TV ad creator John Brabender, a veteran Pennsylvania politician.