GOP Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryPennsylvania Democrat Eugene DePasquale wins House primary Key races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries House Democrats make initial ad buys in battleground states MORE has won reelection to Pennsylvania’s 10th District, hanging on to his seat in a key battleground state despite the race tightening during the closing stretch of the campaign.
Perry, a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, beat back a competitive challenge from Democratic congressional candidate George Scott, a pastor and Army veteran.
One the eve of the midterms, the Cook Political Report shifted the race from “lean Republican” to a “toss-up.”
The district heavily favored President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2016, but grew less conservative after court-ordered redistricting, putting the seat in reach for Democrats and prompting former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE to come stump for Scott on the campaign trail.
But Perry had picked up a late and highly-coveted endorsement from Trump last Friday, likely giving him a boost.
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Perry, a helicopter pilot in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who fought in the Iraq War, came to Congress in 2013, after serving in the state House of Representatives.