As a montage of scenes across those states plays,
Buttigieg, speaks in voice-over: "Something is stirring in America right now. You can feel it. In the bluest counties and the reddest. In rural towns and industrial cities. When Washington has never felt further from our everyday lives. All standing together. And if you are ready to build an American future defined by unity in the face of our greatest challenges--this is our chance."
Trump carried six states that Obama won in 2016: Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In Pennsylvania, Trump carried 56 of the Keystone State's 67 counties, winning primarily in the state's vast, rural middle and the working-class southwestern part of the state. He also flipped Luzerne County, a blue-collar stronghold in northeastern Pennsylvania, that had been reliably Democratic.
By the time the votes were counted, Trump carried the Keystone State by 44,000 votes, or less than a percentage point, over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Buttigieg, who came out a putative winner in the muddled Iowa caucuses last week, has positioned himself in that middle ground between U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who's become a hero of the progressive left, and former Vice President Joe Biden, whom some Democratic voters see as the moderate alternative to
A Franklin & Marshall College poll released late last month showed Biden at the front of the 2020 primary pack among Keystone State voters, taking 22 percent support. Buttigieg finished well at the back of the sample of 628 registered voters, logging 6 percent support. Pennsylvania does not hold its primary, however, until April 28 -- a lifetime away in what remains a volatile campaign.
With less than 48 hours to go before the polls open in New Hampshire, a WBZ/Boston Globe/Suffolk University tracking poll showed Sanders and Buttigieg within the margin of error, taking 24 percent and 22 percent support respectively.
In a statement, Buttigieg's deputy campaign manager, Hari Sevugan, said Buttigieg is "best positioned" to win over exurban and rural voters who went for Trump in 2016, even as the eventual Democratic nominee [turns out] the base and "solidify our gains in the suburbs."
The digital campaign will run on YouTube from mid-February through Super Tuesday on March 3 in the seven states, Buttigieg's campaign said.