We see two trends in this news. There is a deepening geographic-partisan trend. The 2018 pick-ups in PA’s blue wave in PA legislature were all in the collar counties or SW PA. The Republicans picked up fewer seats overall, but picked up in rural areas (The Redder T).
Yudachik’s decision is running away from the increasing diversity of America (see Hazelton, close to 50% Latinx and birthplace of Barletta’s campaign style) and towards relying on gerrymandering.