Trump promised a manufacturing boom in Pennsylvania. Voters are wondering where it is

Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1427778647 WILKES-BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA/USA – OCTOBER 10, 2016: Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a 'Trump Digs Coal' sign during a rally Oct. 10, 2016, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Pennsylvania — the state that Democratic strategist James Carville famously characterized as “Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west and Alabama in the middle” — will be a key battleground state in the 2020 presidential election. And President Donald Trump has been bragging about his economic record at MAGA rallies in the Keystone State. But journalist Jonathan Tamari, in a report for the Philadelphia Inquirer, stresses that the Pennsylvania manufacturing boom Trump promised voters in 2016 has yet to materialize.

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