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Republicans Find New Hope in Pennsylvania (Romney, RNC move 60+ staff to PA, more on the way?)
Politico ^ | Saturday, October 20, 2012 | Manu Raju

Posted on 10/20/2012 5:27:34 PM PDT by kristinn

For months, Pennsylvania was considered a cakewalk for Democrats, with Sen. Bob Casey easily cruising to reelection and its 20 electoral votes in the bag for President Barack Obama.

But enter Republican Tom Smith and his personal fortune, and suddenly the Keystone State has the potential of upending the national political landscape. Buoyed by a tightening presidential race here, Smith — a no-name GOP Senate candidate and self-funding multi-millionaire — has suddenly made Republicans bullish about picking off the Keystone State to make Mitch McConnell majority leader and Mitt Romney more competitive here.

“He wasn’t on any endangered list,” Rep. Bob Brady, the Democratic congressman from the Philadelphia area, said of Casey. “But he is now.”

What’s happening in Pennsylvania reflects a national trend: Romney has risen in the polls following his first debate performance, giving him new opportunities in states seen as prime Democratic terrain. And a rapidly shifting Senate landscape has prompted GOP leaders to reassess Democratic-leaning states like Connecticut and Pennsylvania, putting the Northeast suddenly at the heart of the GOP’s dwindling hopes of winning a Senate majority

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Polls have shown there’s a reason for Republicans to believe they have some hope here. Two public polls in the past 10 days have suggested that Smith’s ad campaign — where he’s dubbed Casey as an “invisible senator” — has erased the Democrat’s double digit lead, dropping his lead down to single digits, with an Allentown Morning Call poll even putting the Democrat’s advantage at 2 points. According to a Quinnipiac poll, Romney has sliced Obama’s 12-point lead down to 4, while a GOP poll released Friday even put Romney ahead by 4 points here, and Smith up by 2.

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From Huffington Post tonight:

Mitt Romney's Campaign, RNC Have 60+ Staffers In Pennsyvania, Planning More

(Excerpt) Read more at dyn.politico.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: bobcasey; pagoingred; painplay; paswingstate; pennsylvania; romney; tomsmith
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1 posted on 10/20/2012 5:27:41 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

PA is fool’s gold!


2 posted on 10/20/2012 5:31:55 PM PDT by Cathy
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To: kristinn; DarthVader

Pennsylvania will be red.


3 posted on 10/20/2012 5:32:51 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Cathy

We’ll see.


4 posted on 10/20/2012 5:33:04 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: kristinn

Wonderful news! Guess those bitterly clinging to their Bibles here have been putting them to good use!


5 posted on 10/20/2012 5:33:28 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG ... there is no such thing as coincidence)
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To: kristinn

Pennsylvania is a nice obtuse counter attack for the Teams of Obomites flooding Ohio. Let’s hope this finesse pays off well.

I’m schizophrenic about the whole election, one day I’m like “Yea, we have this in the bag by a huge win” while other days I’ll cower and afraid to read politico.com.

We get over exuberant because most of us just can’t see why anybody in their right mind would vote for Obama.


6 posted on 10/20/2012 5:35:27 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: kristinn

I’m not counting on it, but it would be wonderful if Romney took PA. It would definitely deal a huge blow to Obama’s chances on election night.


7 posted on 10/20/2012 5:36:50 PM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: kristinn

I live in Lancaster Pa. I am originally from the Scranton Wilkes Barre area. I was a strong supporter of Bob Casey SENIOR when he was Governor of Pa. The very reason I left the Democratic Party was because in the 1992 Democratic convention they refused to let Bob Casey speak because he was pro-life. His son is capitalizing on his dad’s good name and even claims to be Pro-Life.

As we get closer to the election here...I am starting to see more and more Romney signs around. I hope it is a sign of things to come. But too many democrats vote the party no matter who is the candidate. That is especially true in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties even though there is a large percentage of Catholics and pro-life Catholics who live there. In fact Scranton Pa was practically considered the Capital of the pro life movement.


8 posted on 10/20/2012 5:37:28 PM PDT by PaulZe
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To: kristinn

I have a feeling its different this year. The ground is shifting in PA and Romney is a very good fit with the state’s suburban voters. He isn’t frightening at all.

I think the Keystone State will go Red on Election Night!


9 posted on 10/20/2012 5:37:45 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: kristinn; MestaMachine; DJ MacWoW; trisham; RedMDer; penelopesire; hoosiermama; STARWISE; SE Mom; ..

I’m putting Tom Smith on my prayer list!

GO ROMNEY AND TOM SMITH!


10 posted on 10/20/2012 5:37:57 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Cathy

But it has a Republican governor and Senator Pat Toomey, as of 2010. It could happen.


11 posted on 10/20/2012 5:40:10 PM PDT by agrarianlady
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12 posted on 10/20/2012 5:40:42 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: kristinn

IF PA wants to keep up the economic activity that has been generated with natural gas and fracking . . . they better vote GOP. O will shut them down in a second term.

And the other part . . . I hope the GOP gets new leadership for BOTH the House and the Senate and kick Boehner and McConnel to the curb. Ummm Allen West for the House and Jim DeMint or maybe Rand Paul IF his nutty Dad and his followers would go vote GOP rather than sit home. Please, no more Boehner or McConnell.


13 posted on 10/20/2012 5:41:07 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
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To: Cathy

We biTTer clingers will be hosting an all-you-can-eat crow dinner here at FR on 07 Nov   ;-)



(either that or i'm movin' to OK .. lol)

14 posted on 10/20/2012 5:43:18 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: kristinn; Cathy

In the main I agree with Cathy but the senate race may have changed the calculus there. I’d still be hesitant to pour money into a state that always leaves republicans standing alone and dumbfounded at the altar but I have come to learn that Mitt Romney is a very smart, capable and calculating candidate so if his private polling is telling him it’s worth a shot I believe it.


15 posted on 10/20/2012 5:46:57 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: PaulZe

It has always puzzled me how the Pennsylvania contingent at the annual March for Life is so robust and yet Pa. is so democrat.


16 posted on 10/20/2012 5:49:18 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: kingattax

PA wants jpobs and Obama’s EPA wants to kill them. JOBS WILL WIN OUT.


17 posted on 10/20/2012 5:51:43 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: jwalsh07
Romney sent Paul Ryan to just outside of Pittsburgh this morning for a campaign rally. He drew 1000.

Article here.

18 posted on 10/20/2012 5:52:37 PM PDT by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: SC_Pete
jpobs

New Apple Product?

19 posted on 10/20/2012 5:53:24 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Dr Erkel and Mr. Jive...lurking the streets of DC)
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To: kristinn

Good for Tom Smith. Bob Casey is a real piece of *.

If Smith can pull this off, he really deserves our thanks.


20 posted on 10/20/2012 5:53:55 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kristinn
Go Romney! Win one for Arlen, that great Democrat Republican Democrat
21 posted on 10/20/2012 5:56:49 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: jwalsh07

The scranton area is an old coal mining region, very union and very democratic and very catholic....all three. It’s a generational thing. I grew up in a little town called Dunmore, Pa. just outside of Scranton. There was a joke that if you wanted your garbage collected in Dunmore you had to be democrat.


22 posted on 10/20/2012 6:03:56 PM PDT by PaulZe
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To: agrarianlady
But it has a Republican governor and Senator Pat Toomey, as of 2010. It could happen.

Don't forget a Republican Sec. o' State.

23 posted on 10/20/2012 6:05:14 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Qwackertoo

Please, no more Boehner or McConnell.”

And they all said AMEN!


24 posted on 10/20/2012 6:09:00 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Cathy
PA is fool’s gold!

Thank you!! I always post that in these "PA IS WINNABLE" threads because been there done that..and won't be fooled again. PA (thanks mostly to Phillfraud) is staying Blue.
25 posted on 10/20/2012 6:09:38 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: kristinn
I don't know if I pinged you to this link previously. It is the county summary of the democrat primary undervote. PA is a closed primary state, so this is quite significant. I believe PA is in play.

Undervote in Pennsylvania Spells Serious Trouble for Obama
26 posted on 10/20/2012 6:09:47 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: agrarianlady

But it has a Republican governor and Senator Pat Toomey, as of 2010. It could happen.

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This is true but, still it hasn’t went red in over 20 years?


27 posted on 10/20/2012 6:11:56 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: snarkytart

We’ll see.


28 posted on 10/20/2012 6:12:22 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Domestic Church
Wonderful news! Guess those bitterly clinging to their Bibles here have been putting them to good use!

You betcha we have!!!!!

http://www.ifapray.org/

29 posted on 10/20/2012 6:12:34 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: kristinn
Romney Campaign Town Hall Event with John Bolton in Pittsburgh Oct 23
30 posted on 10/20/2012 6:15:10 PM PDT by matt1234 (As Obama sowed in the Arab Spring, so he is reaping in the Arab Fall.)
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To: PaulZe

Had an old buddy from that general area. Gun clinging, pro life religious guy that voted democrat. Good American guy but so damn misguided politically.


31 posted on 10/20/2012 6:16:30 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: kristinn

Thanks for the link. Not much downside to campaigning out there. Coal country and Ohio right next door so to speak. It may be a feint but then again Romney may have the numbers that say Philly ain’t turning out 110% this year and the suburbs have come to their senses. Won’t be long now and we’ll know. I would like to go to one more inaugaration ball before I hit the clouds though. :-}


32 posted on 10/20/2012 6:19:08 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: John W

John W, I want to be proven wrong more than anything. Hopefully the state is getting more red thanks to the conservatives fleeing MD for lower taxes and lower cost of housing.


33 posted on 10/20/2012 6:19:08 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Cathy

Ohio insurance. Obama has invested enormous resources into the Ohio ground game.


34 posted on 10/20/2012 6:19:19 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Cathy

I found it particularly interesting that they quoted a 27-year old banker and an 18-year old college student, both with enthusiastic comments for RR. But I thought EVERYONE under 30 was an Obama fan.


35 posted on 10/20/2012 6:25:13 PM PDT by illinifan (The Left doesn't want you to be upwardly mobile. They want you to be angry and disaffected)
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To: PA Engineer

Thanks for the reminder. Interesting info.


36 posted on 10/20/2012 6:26:16 PM PDT by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: snarkytart

Democrats ran as moderates appealing to suburban voters. That’s why PA has been a lock for them.

Obama is a hard core leftist and I don’t believe the suburban counties around PHL and PB have warmed up to him. No one really likes him.

And Romney feels he can win there. Expect him to spend more time in the PA-OH media market. He can campaign in both states on the same day.

They are not shaken in the media yet but they should be. It doesn’t look good for The One.


37 posted on 10/20/2012 6:26:59 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Usagi_yo
I’m schizophrenic about the whole election,

Know whatcha mean....my remedy is more range time............

38 posted on 10/20/2012 6:29:16 PM PDT by varon (The clouds are beginning to part........)
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To: IrishPennant

Fat fingers and tired eyes. :)))


39 posted on 10/20/2012 6:29:26 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: kingattax

Pennsylvania is blue.


40 posted on 10/20/2012 6:29:41 PM PDT by patriciamary (9)
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To: SC_Pete
Fat fingers and tired eyes. :)))

Been there...Am that!

41 posted on 10/20/2012 6:31:46 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Dr Erkel and Mr. Jive...lurking the streets of DC)
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To: kristinn

It will be difficult due to Philly and Pittsburgh. But where I live (Philly suburbs), I see more Romney signs in front yards than I ever saw for Bush or McCain.


42 posted on 10/20/2012 6:34:10 PM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: AU72

I see this strategy as plausible, and it forces Obama to continue to use resources in PA - where he didn’t think he’d have to. Now I read that John Bolton will be with Romney in PA (Pittsburgh I think) the day after the 3rd debate.

I still think it is slim to none that Romney takes it.


43 posted on 10/20/2012 6:35:16 PM PDT by Cathy
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To: IrishPennant
jpobs

New Apple Product?

LOL! You're quick!

44 posted on 10/20/2012 6:44:10 PM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: kristinn
PA is going for Romney. Romney and Crossroads have an ad buy for the Iowa - PSU game tonight. I am not sure if that was for Iowa or PA, maybe a double whammy ... Killing two birds with one stone. There are a whole lot more PSU fans watching the game than Iowa .... just a size of state/size of university thing. Obama has had zero ads during the game.
45 posted on 10/20/2012 6:46:23 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (The truth hurts)
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To: DemforBush

It would end Obama’s hopes of reelection.


46 posted on 10/20/2012 6:46:56 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Qwackertoo

I so agree with you. Boehner and McConnell both need to sit down and let a couple of real leaders take over.


47 posted on 10/20/2012 6:49:00 PM PDT by Catsrus (Ma)
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To: ConservativeInPA
PA is going for Romney. Romney and Crossroads have an ad buy for the Iowa - PSU game tonight. I am not sure if that was for Iowa or PA, maybe a double whammy ... Killing two birds with one stone. There are a whole lot more PSU fans watching the game than Iowa .... just a size of state/size of university thing. Obama has had zero ads during the game.

I noticed that. Some pretty good adds.
48 posted on 10/20/2012 6:49:35 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: kristinn; SeekAndFind; LS; Perdogg; napscoordinator; God luvs America; nutmeg; SoFloFreeper; ...

Poll ping.


49 posted on 10/20/2012 6:53:26 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 elections.)
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To: Mannaggia l'America
It will be difficult due to Philly and Pittsburgh. But where I live (Philly suburbs), I see more Romney signs in front yards than I ever saw for Bush or McCain.

Please go to the link in my post 26. Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania will not be going for Obama this election. The Allegheny County Democrat Primary undervote was greater than 20%. I don't think the standard Philadelphia voter turnout of >100% can overcome this.
50 posted on 10/20/2012 6:53:33 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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