Battleground Pennsylvania

It’s on in the Keystone State. A new memo from the Romney campaign talks confirms:

Rendell: ‘Startling upset’ for Romney ‘a possibility’ in Pennsylvania
When Governor Ed Rendell made these comments last week, he was clearly sending a desperate call to Chicago for help in the Keystone State.  At the time, his comments were met with derision and scorn from the Obama High Command who were feeling secure in their own.

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While the Obama campaign would like to wish it is 2008, the reality is that they are now forced to “play defense” in least six states (Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Colorado, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin) that they once believed were “safe” Obama wins.

As the Romney-Ryan message continues to resonate and GOP momentum continues to build, we are adding Pennsylvania to the long list of states where we are expending significant resources in order to bring real recovery to the country, while continuing to implement and fund full-scale efforts in all the target states.

From Battleground Watch, we learn that both campaigns and Crossroads Super PAC are spending money and sending resources to Pennsylvania.

To me, this news is bigger than just Pennsylvania. Obama’s support from 2008 is eroding everywhere. Pennsylvania, while technically a swing state, has been reliably Democrat. Obama’s loss of support there is not happening independently of everywhere else. In my estimation, it can’t be this close in Pennsylvania without Mitt Romney having at least a small but comfortable lead in Ohio. With a week to go the Obama campaign shouldn’t have to be defending formerly safe territory. Clearly, the momentum still is in Mitt’s favor.

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Back in 2008, I privately knew that when John McCain pulled out of Michigan that disaster was coming. While Obama hasn’t officially pulled of any battleground states, word is the Obama campaign have diverted resources from swing states he was counting on (like Florida) for Ohio.

It may still come down to Ohio, and even there Mitt’s on the rise. But if Mitt can pull off a victory in Pennsylvania, Ohio won’t even matter.

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13 thoughts on “Battleground Pennsylvania

  1. Retired Spook October 30, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    We’ll know the result in about 176 hours.

    • neocon01 October 30, 2012 / 3:41 pm

      It is hard to believe there are that many stupid uninformed people in the US that this POS would get more than 12% of the “votes”

  2. GMB October 30, 2012 / 1:42 pm

    At least Mitt is taking the game to the oppositions home turf. Mitt has definitely put barky on the defensive.

    If he governs as well as he campaigns.

  3. Cluster October 30, 2012 / 1:51 pm

    I think the best thing that can happen for the Romney campaign in PA is to have Joe Biden go there, which he is today. If anyone can swing the state to Romney, Biden can. Also Clinton is in MN today which should be state that Obama has in his back pocket.

    Momentum is behind Romney, and so will the voters be next Tuesday. And then we wont see a liberal on this blog for quite some time, most notably James.

    • Cluster October 31, 2012 / 8:13 am

      Well I don’t know how you read that into my post, but then again, I have no idea how your mind works. I simply stated that I think you wont even come close to this blog if Romney wins. Largely because you love to regale in infantile gloating, including ad hominen attacks and seem incapable of withstanding criticism.

      • neocon01 October 31, 2012 / 4:19 pm

        how your **mind** works.

        you give him Waayyyyy too much credit…LOL

      • M. Noonan October 31, 2012 / 9:08 pm

        Think of it this way – it’ll be a lot quieter around here until, oh, January 10th as the Democrats really wind up the anti-Romney talking points…

  4. Amazona October 31, 2012 / 9:51 am

    From National Review Online:

    “Then there’s this wrinkle in the early-voting-will-give-Obama-an-unbeatable-edge narrative, as laid out by Dave Weigel:

    It hasn’t gotten too much attention outside of talk radio, but if accurate, Gallup’s study of early voters neutralizes one of the Obama campaign’s best road-to-victory talking points. As it conducted tracking polls (which have been paused for now), Gallup asked voters whether they’d cast ballots or intended to before election day. The early voters broke 52-46 for Mitt Romney. The dawdling voters who would vote before election day were tied, 49-49. The voters waiting for November 6 broke for Romney, again, by a 6-point margin.

    This would be easy to explain away if Obama had lagged in 2008’s early vote. After all, this study includes votes in Georgia and Texas and other places that have broken away from Obama. But . . . in 2008, Obama was winning this vote. An identical Gallup study taken around the same time gave Obama a 53-43 lead with early voters and a 50-44 lead on voters who would wait for election day.

    Remember, “If votes cast on Election Day decided the 2008 election, McCain would have won in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa.” That’s how central the early vote is to Obama’s strategy.

  5. irisspirit October 31, 2012 / 1:09 pm

    Is it ok to use the term “POS” when referring to Mitt Romney since Neodope uses it in describing President Obama? Or do you have a double standard here on this blog? Just wondering.

    • Cluster October 31, 2012 / 1:14 pm

      Use whatever acronym you would like Velma.

    • neocon01 October 31, 2012 / 3:36 pm

      irispork

      actually I am merely using SOME of the verbiage you trolls used for eight years against W.
      I leave the real garbage for you leftards.

    • tiredoflibbs October 31, 2012 / 8:33 pm

      “Is it ok to use the term “POS” when referring to Mitt Romney since Neodope uses it in describing President Obama? Or do you have a double standard here on this blog? Just wondering.”

      No velma, you are just whining.

      wow, you lib drones have a short memory for the hate and vitriol aimed at Bush, Cheney, Pailin and any other conservative.

      Are you going to cowardly claim that “you don’t remember that ever happening”, again?

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