HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is lobbying for a presidential primary debate in his home state, which is a projected battleground in the 2020 presidential election.

Casey’s letter Monday to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says holding a primary debate in Pennsylvania would benefit the party in a state that holds great electoral importance to Democrats.

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Casey said Democrats can’t afford to lose Pennsylvania if they hope to beat President Donald Trump, after Trump in 2016 became the first Republican to win Pennsylvania since 1988.

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Casey described Trump’s victory as a “wake-up call” and said a debate in the politically divided state would help Democrats.

The DNC is planning a dozen debates, and has announced two locations – starting with Miami this June and Detroit in July.

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