Vice President Mike Pence is out of D.C. and back on the campaign trail — and it appears to be paying off.
According to the Washington Examiner, the vice president hauled in about $1 million for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign during one stop in Pennsylvania.
Pence launched a bus tour on Thursday, his first since the coronavirus outbreak shut down most campaign opportunities in March.
The vice president had initially been set to resume such touring at the end of June with a stop in Florida, but the resurgence of the pandemic in that state led to the event being canceled, as The Hill reported. As a result, Pence resumed a campaign schedule this week in the important swing state of Pennsylvania.
Its 20 electoral votes could play a major role in the outcome of November’s presidential race.
Pence was in central Pennsylvania on Thursday, which will be an essential region for Trump if he is going to win the Keystone State on Election Day.
In accordance with local coronavirus restrictions, the event was held outdoors under tents on a farm in Lancaster County. According to the Examiner, about 150 individuals attended and everyone was tested for the virus upon entry.
“We are opening up America again”
Another event came later in the day when Pence and his team toured technology company Rajant. Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for the vice president, said two individuals were asked to leave that event after testing positive for COVID-19.
“President Trump and I were determined, first, to focus on the health of the American people,” Pence said while at Rajant, as the Examiner reported. “The good news is, even in the midst of outbreaks we’re seeing in Sun Belt states, we are opening up America again.”
By the end of the day, reports indicated Pence managed to bring in about $1 million in donations to the Trump 2020 campaign.
Given the state’s importance, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign is focused on Pennsylvania. The former vice president was also there on Thursday for a campaign stop.
A recent poll by The New York Times and Siena College shows Biden with a 10-point lead over Trump in the state, though it comes with a wide 4.1% to 4.6% margin of error. Pence and the Trump campaign are hopeful that his presence in the state will help reverse the trend before November.