Smucker, King face off in last debate of 11th Congressional District race


Republican Congressman Lloyd Smucker and Democrat Jess King faced off Tuesday in their last debate of the 2018 midterm election.

Smucker and King met at Eastern York High School in Wrightsville before a crowd of hundreds, many of whom were vocal in their applause and cheering of a respective candidate’s answer.

Smucker and King are competing to represent voters in the 11th Congressional district, which was formed when maps were redrawn following a controversial gerrymandering case. The new district (which was formerly the 16th) encompasses all of Lancaster County and parts of southeastern York County.

It’s a traditionally-consistent Republican stronghold. President Donald Trump won the region favorably in the 2016 election.

Topics at Tuesday’s debate ranged from gun control to campaign finance to tariffs, even racial understanding.

The most heated moments though came when the candidates were asked about immigration and healthcare, two hot-button issues Smucker and King don’t seem to agree on.

In an exclusive ABC27 News poll, Smucker is barely edging King with a 50-percent rating among likely voters to King’s 46 percent. The poll of 311 likely voters was conducted Oct. 21-22 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 5.2 percent.

Smucker was previously a state senator. He was elected to Congress in 2016.

King is new to politics.

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