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  • Facebook's self-affirmation pushes GOP out of mainstream

    12/16/2012 4:30:40 PM PST · by dirtboy · 20 replies ^ | 12/16/2012 | Steve Welch
    Steve Welch was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate this year The Sunday morning before the election, my daughter and I attended a candidates' breakfast in Chester County. The room was packed with passionate Republican volunteers. The energy level bordered on exuberance, as people believed Pennsylvania was in play in the presidential race. In fact, one ardent political operative for the Pennsylvania Pastors Network told me he believed Mitt Romney would likely win Pennsylvania by 10 points. That night, my three children, my wife, and I trekked out to Bucks County to attend a Romney rally. We arrived over an...
  • McCain Beats Romney! The Pennsylvania story -- how did it and so much else go wrong?

    11/13/2012 9:14:41 AM PST · by neverdem · 93 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.9.12 | PAUL KENGOR
    Brace yourselves, conservatives. What I’m about to say will hurt, and it should hurt -- and I’m not the first to notice. (Kudos to Rush Limbaugh, who noticed and is hitting this point hard.) Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election not so much because he got fewer votes than Barack Obama but because he got fewer votes than John McCain in 2008. Additional votes are still coming in, but, as of the time of my writing, Romney received around 57.8 million votes in 2012. In 2008, John McCain received 59.9 million. Romney got over 2 million fewer votes than McCain....
  • In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes

    11/12/2012 6:09:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 84 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/12/2012 | Miriam Hill, Andrew Seidman, and John Duchneskie
    It's one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch. These are the kind of numbers that send Republicans into paroxysms of voter-fraud angst, but such results may not be so startling after all. "We have always had these dense urban corridors that are extremely Democratic," said Jonathan Rodden, a political science professor at Stanford University. "It's kind of an urban fact, and you are looking at the extreme end of it in Philadelphia."
  • Newt: I think we’ll carry Pennsylvania and Ohio

    11/05/2012 7:47:31 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 45 replies
    The Right Scoop via CNN ^ | November 5th, 2012 | Piers Morgan
    Newt was on with Piers Morgan tonight and said that he believe Romney will carry both Pennsylvania and Ohio. First on Pennsylvania, he said people tend to forget that the state has a Republican governor, a Republican senator, a Republican House majority, a Republican state House and Senate and it’s coal country where they are not happy with Obama. He also says regarding Ohio that in coal country there will be quite a few Democrat votes cast for Mitt Romney, so it can’t be taken for granted that just because it’s a Democrat vote it is an Obama vote. He...
  • Why Romney is going to win Pennsylvania (Vanity)

    11/05/2012 7:49:27 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 36 replies
    vanity ^ | November 5, 2012 | ConservativeInPa
    Dick Morris just said on FoxNews that Romney will win PA. A lot of people think he is nuts. A lot of people think PA will disappoint again. But, here are the reasons Romney will win PA. In the past week, Romney, the GOP and PACs have dumped more than $5 million into ads. Obama's coffers are empty. Recently the Obama campaign had to go to Bank of America for a loan. The Democrat response to the Republican spend in PA has been $650,000.The Democrats have been caught flat footed. They have not been expecting this end game. If we...
  • Christie adviser denies report of turning down Romney event invitation

    11/05/2012 7:29:34 PM PST · by Livin_large · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    One of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) advisers denied a report that the governor turned down an invitation by Mitt Romney to appear at an event with him on Tuesday. Christie Adviser Bill Palatucci denied a report in The Huffington Post on Monday which said that Christie turned down an invitation by Romney to appear at a campaign event on Tuesday, according to CNN. Asked by CNN if Christie had been invited to appear at the event in Morrisville, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, Palatucci told CNN "no."
  • Mitt Romney Adds Election Day Campaign Events (Cleveland, Pittsburgh)

    11/05/2012 12:19:38 PM PST · by kristinn · 75 replies
    ABC News ^ | Monday, November 5, 2012 | Emily Friedman
    Mitt Romney has been chanting “one more day” all day today on the stump, but as it turns out, he will campaign for yet another day, Tuesday, Election Day. A campaign official said today that after Romney votes in his hometown of Belmont, Mass., tomorrow morning he will head to two swing states, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The stops will be in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. It was not immediately clear how many events would be held in each state or what kind of events they will be.
  • Romney refused to let frost-bitten children leave rally (Lib psychotic break alert!)

    11/05/2012 4:29:23 AM PST · by pabianice · 45 replies
    America Blog ^ | 11/5/12 | Kucinich
    This is happening right now at Mitt Romney’s rally in Pennsylvania. Apparently it’s freezing, and Romney’s staff is refusing to let rally-goers leave. People are begging reporters for help. Absolutely incredible. From the NYT’s Michael Barbaro: "We've got to get out! My daughter is frostbitten," begs mom, asking to leave Romney rally. Staffer replies, "It's not cold enuf for that." "There are several people here at PA rally who want to leave and aren't being let out." "Man just pulled me aside and said his son is near hypothermia."
  • Dallas students get election education (Romney victorious)

    11/03/2012 10:30:33 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 3 replies
    Times Leader ^ | 11/3/2012 | MARK GUYDISH
    DALLAS TWP. – C.J. Good was succinct. He voted for former Gov. Mitt Romney because “I’m a Republican. (President Barack) Obama had his chance.” Considering Good is a Dallas Middle School eighth-grade student still a few years away from actually registering to vote, one assumes he is Republican in spirit at the moment, but as he “worked the polls” in the school lobby Friday, he kept his approach apolitical, handing out ballots without comment.
  • John Batchelor Show

    11/03/2012 9:28:38 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 1 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | November 2,2012 | John Batchelor
    Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and Lara Brown, Villanova, Mittens can win Friday, 11/2/12 - Batchelor 9pm Start 19:00 minutes
  • Romney will win Pennsylvania

    11/02/2012 8:48:16 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 2, 2012 | Michael Hudome
    Romney will win Pennsylvania Posted By Michael Hudome On 3:43 PM 11/02/2012 @ 3:43 PM In Opinion | No Comments Despite all the hype, it’s going to be a short election night. The Keystone State is the key reason. Pennsylvania will go for Governor Mitt Romney. Reasonable prognosticators — and even the MSNBC crowd — will realize once the results are in from Pennsylvania that the other three time zones won’t matter. Once upon a time, Pennsylvania was a pivotal swing state. But in recent years it has been reliably Democratic in presidential elections. Certain other patterns have persisted as...
  • Breaking: Romney ahead of Obama in Pennsylvania by Four

    11/02/2012 7:50:40 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 300 replies
    Susquehanna Polling ^ | November 2, 2012 | Erie County Republican Party
    Romney ahead of Obama in Pennsylvania by Four Posted on November 2, 2012 by eriecogop Susquehanna Polling and Research results for Pennsylvania released today shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama 49% to 45% among 1376 likely voters. Two percent are undecided and 3% are for other candidates. In the same sample Republican Tom Smith leads Senator Casey by two percentage points in the race for the United States Senate seat from Pennsylvania. Smith is at 48% to Casey’s 46% according to this poll. Diana Irey Vaughan (R) is tied with McCord at 45% each, David Freed(R) trails Kane by 45%...
  • Poll: Romney Up 16% With Pennsylvania Independents

    10/31/2012 6:44:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 31, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    According to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall, Mitt Romney is just four percentage points behind President Barack Obama … in Pennsylvania. In September, that gap was a full nine points. “Momentum is with Romney,” says poll director Terry Madonna. Madonna thinks that Romney may run out of time to make up that deficit. But the internals of the poll are shocking for Obama. Romney is ahead of Obama in terms of who the public believes can best fix the economy. Obama’s personal favorability is down from 2008; they’re actually at George W. Bush numbers circa 2004. And voter...
  • Pennsylvania Poll: Romney Within Four, Despite D+13 Sample

    10/31/2012 11:24:03 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 31, 2012 | Guy Benson
    October 31, 2012 Pennsylvania Poll: Romney Within Four, Despite D+13 Sample By Guy Benson 10/31/2012   Behold, Franklin and Marshall's new poll of Pennsylvania:   Before we get to the internals, notice the basic trend line.  This month, Mitt Romney broke into the mid-40s, while Obama dropped back into in the upper 40s.  Remember a political rule of thumb: An incumbent with universal name recognition who is polling below 50 percent is typically seen as vulnerable. Now, a slightly deeper dive.  Mitt Romney leads independents by 16 points in this poll, 48/32, with 10 percent undecided.  If the Republican...
  • Romney, GOP suddenly plunging onto Democratic turf

    10/30/2012 4:54:51 PM PDT · by LittleSpotBlog · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 10/30/12 | THOMAS BEAUMONT and BRIAN BAKST
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mitt Romney is suddenly plunging into traditionally Democratic-leaning Minnesota and Pennsylvania, and his GOP allies are trying to put Michigan into play. It's forcing President Barack Obama to defend his own turf - he's pouring money into television ads in the states and dispatching top backers - in the campaign's final week.
  • Romney starts reserving time in Pennsylvania for last two days of race (Updated)

    10/30/2012 1:13:43 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/30/2012 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Two media-tracking sources say Mitt Romney's campaign has started reserving TV time in Pennsylvania for the final two days of the campaign, including Election Day. The initial placements come as the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is buying over $2 million in time there, and as Crossroads is also going up with a buy over $600,000. The Obama campaign, forced to expend resources there, has responded with a defensive buy of over $600,000. The Romney buy is intended to signal the campaign considers the state, which Republicans have made plays for in past presidential cycles but went for Democrats...
  • Memo: Pennsylvania (Team Romney Moving into PA)

    10/30/2012 9:49:20 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 45 replies
    Mitt ^ | 10/30/3012 | Rich Beeson
    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 predictions of a landslide victory. What a difference a few days makes. Not only has Minnesota has been moved to “Lean Dem” and the Obama Campaign is up in that state with a significant television buy, but the Chicago gurus have heeded Governor Rendell’s...
  • GOP Rout In Pennsylvania Absentee Ballot Returns

    10/30/2012 5:30:50 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 80 replies
    This morning President Obama’s campaign indicated they are going on the air in Pennsylvania and sending Joe Biden to the state trying to protect a state that just one week ago was considered to be safe ground. One possible reason? The enormous GOP edge in absentee ballot returns in the state, creating an enormous and unexpected hole for the President’s campaign to dig out of. In 2008 the GOP edged the Democrats by just 2% in absentee returns. As of today the GOP’s lead is 18.8% — a 16.9% bump in a state Obama won by 10% in 2008. Republicans...
  • ABC News Moves Pennsylvania, Minnesota from ‘Safe’ to ‘Lean’ Obama

    10/29/2012 7:13:23 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 65 replies
    ABC News ^ | 29 Oct 2012 | Amy Walter
    With one week to go, states that were once considered Obama strongholds now look less solid. Republican groups are putting resources into Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Team Obama brushes off these incursions as wishful thinking by Republicans, but noticeably they are putting money and muscle into both states. Minnesota has been added to Bill Clinton’s schedule. And, Obama campaign officials admitted that they will once again start running ads in Pennsylvania. See all of ABC’s race ratings and make your own electoral map. So, what is happening in Minnesota? Demographics. As our ABC/Washington Post poll has shown, Romney has a substantial...
  • Scranton native @JoeBiden coming to Pa to campaign on Nov. 1, Obama camp sez

    10/28/2012 9:02:07 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 17 replies
    Twitter ^ | 28 Oct 12 | Colby Itkowitz (@DCMorningCall)
    Scranton native @JoeBiden coming to Pa to campaign on Nov. 1, Obama camp sez
  • How Hurricane Sandy Could Affect the Election in PA

    10/27/2012 2:36:48 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 37 replies
    PoliticsPA ^ | Oct 27, 2012 | How Hurricane Sandy Could Affect the Election in PA
    Hurricane Sandy, the Frankenstorm, is forecast to slam all of Pennsylvania from Monday through Wednesday. Effects like heavy wind and rain are expected across the state, including heavy snow in western Pa. Hopefully for everyone’s sake, the doomsday predictions won’t come true. But if the worst happens, it will have political consequences as well as humanitarian ones. Here’s why the storm is news bad for Democrats: PhiladelphiaThe City of Brotherly Love is straight in the path of the storm, and some predictions indicate that Philly could see as much as 8-10 inches of rain in the 48 hours it takes...
  • Don't Be Surprised if It's Pennsylvania

    10/27/2012 7:41:57 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 73 replies
    There's a serious flaw in all of the polls which is misrepresenting the current state of the presidential race. As Dick Morris has pointed out, the pollsters all assume the demographic turnout will be the same as it was in 2008. There are many reasons why this is simply not going to happen. Many African-American preachers have already indicated that Obama hasn't done anything for black people and that his views on gay marriage do not match their own. They will not be lining up the busses to take their parishioners to the polls.
  • Pennsylvania down voters from 4 years ago

    10/24/2012 11:47:41 PM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 14 replies ^ | Oct 24, 2012 | Adam Smeltz
    Pennsylvania is approaching the Nov. 6 presidential election with 3 percent fewer registered voters than in fall 2008, an unusual slip that political analysts blame on a drop in voter enthusiasm across the country. Democrats especially experienced a slump, bleeding 229,396 registered voters in Pennsylvania since the last presidential race, state data show. Republicans are down 112,796 registrants, but voters unconnected to either major party grew by 7 percent, or 73,043, according to Pennsylvania Department of State figures. As of Monday the state had 8,487,093 voters, down from 8,755,588 in November 2008, despite a 2 percent population gain. Democrats still...
  • Pennsylvania Is the New Ohio

    10/23/2012 1:35:05 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 37 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 23, 2012 | Dick Morris
    With Romney gaining ground gradually in the swing state of Ohio, people have not paid enough attention to his surge in next door Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania casts 20 electoral votes and Ohio casts 18. And all electoral votes are created equal. It is possible to lose Ohio if you carry Pennsylvania and still win. In Pennsylvania, polling by Republican John McLaughlin shows Romney three points ahead of Obama and a poll by The Susquehanna Polling organization shows Romney four points ahead in the Keystone State. In Ohio, most polls have the race tied although all show significant progress by Romney in...
  • Poll shows Romney leading in blue Pennsylvania (Shock poll-Drudge)

    10/18/2012 3:59:56 PM PDT · by MiddleEarth · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 18, 2012 | Susan Ferrechio
    A new poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading in Pennsylvania, a state that Republicans had all but written off just weeks ago but which is now listed as a toss up by the Real Clear Politics website. Susquehanna Polling and Research provided The Washington Examiner with a poll it conducted for state party officials that shows Romney with a 49 percent to 45 percent lead over President Obama. It's the first poll to show Romney leading among likely voters in the Keystone State.
  • Pennsylvania: Last-Minute Game-Changer?

    10/22/2012 10:57:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/22/2012 | COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON
    The Keystone State Hasn't Backed a GOP Presidential Candidate Since '88, but as Obama's Lead Narrows, Romney's Camp Eyes It. Pennsylvania has emerged as an appealing target for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party as they consider where to invest their considerable resources during the final weeks of the presidential campaign. A quick visit to a Pittsburgh suburb on Saturday by Mr. Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, suggested that Republicans are eyeing the state—or else trying to keep their opposition guessing.
  • Republicans bring back Obama 'bitter' remarks in Pa. ad

    10/22/2012 10:40:21 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10/22/2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    A new ad from the super PAC backing House Republicans invokes President Obama's 2008 comments about "bitter" small-town Americans clinging to guns, religion and their prejudices against outsiders. The ad is aimed at Democratic Rep. Mark Critz , but could have blowback for the president in the crucial western Pennsylvania district where it's running. The president made those hidden-camera comments, during a 2008 fundraiser in California, in reference to Pennsylvania voters. Obama said at the time that, as jobs disappear in the area, "It's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people...
  • Surprising poll shows Romney up big in Pennsylvania

    10/22/2012 10:14:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/22/2012 | Doug Book
    Not only does the Rasmussen Daily Tracking poll show Romney up 2 points today; not only does the Rasmussen Swing State poll show Romney up 49-46 today (included are 11 states which Obama won 53-46 in 2008); not only is Romney up by 50-37 among swing state independents; NOW Susquehanna Polling and Research (SPR) shows Mitt Romney up 49-45 in the normally deep blue state of Pennsylvania. (1) SPR is an automated poll of 1,376 likely voters, taken between October 11-13. Although its results do not include the 2nd presidential debate, Gallup incorporates over 50% of the post-debate days in...
  • Oh my: Paul Ryan campaigning tomorrow in - western Pennsylvania

    10/19/2012 6:22:32 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 68 replies ^ | 10/19/12 | Allahpundit
    Yesterday the bombshell Susquehanna poll, now this. Dude, is this happening? Actually, I think this is less about putting Pennsylvania in play (for now) than it is about messing with Democrats’ heads and making a pitch to southeastern Ohio next door, but it’s a fun little gambit.
  • Victory Event with Paul Ryan and the GOP Team, Moon Township, PA October 20th, 2012

    10/19/2012 12:37:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    You’re invited to a Victory Event with Paul Ryan and the Republican Team Saturday, October 20th, 2012 Doors Open 8:15 AM | Event Begins 10:15 AM Pittsburgh International Airport 300 Horizon Drive in Moon Township, PA 15108 All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted. For questions, contact us at: | (717) 746-8098 For Important Campaign Updates: Text (PA) to GOMITT (466488) PAID FOR BY ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT, INC. WWW.MITTROMNEY.COM
  • Poll: Romney takes lead over Obama in Pa.

    10/18/2012 9:16:28 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 94 replies ^ | Oct 18, 2012
    Harrisburg, PA (WHTM) Mitt Romney has taken the lead over Barack Obama inbPennsylvania and now leads the President by a four-point margin, according to a new statewide poll. The poll conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research on behalf of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania found that 49 percent of likely voters now support Romney while 45 percent plan to vote for Obama. Obama led Romney 50-46 percent in an SP&R survey conducted October 12-14. The latest poll was conducted 11-13, prior to Tuesday's debate.
  • Poll shows Romney leading in blue Pennsylvania

    10/18/2012 4:14:56 PM PDT · by Snuph · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 18, 2012 | 5:38 pm | Susan Ferrechio
    A new poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading in Pennsylvania, a state that Republicans had all but written off just weeks ago but which is now listed as a toss up by the Real Clear Politics website. Susquehanna Polling and Research provided The Washington Examiner with a poll it conducted for state party officials that shows Romney with a 49 percent to 45 percent lead over President Obama. It's the first poll to show Romney leading among likely voters in the Keystone State. "The polling is very clear that the race is certainly up for grabs and Republicans have a...
  • Poll Shows Romney Gaining Ground in Pennsylvania

    10/16/2012 3:53:35 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 42 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/16/2012
    President Obama now holds only a narrow lead over Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, a state thought only a month ago to be safely in the incumbent’s corner, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University released on Tuesday. The survey of likely voters conducted from Oct. 12-14, reports the president is ahead of the GOP presidential nominee in the Keystone State by just 4 percentage points, 50 percent to 46 percent. Romney has gained 8 points on Obama since a late-September Quinnipiac poll, when the president led, 54 percent to 42 percent. The latest survey is representative of national polls...
  • Senate Update: RCP calls PA a tossup - now 45D-43R with 12 tossups

    10/16/2012 5:47:43 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 19 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 10/16/12 | RCP
    RCP is now calling PA Senate Smith (R) vs Casey (D) a tossup. They now call it 45D to 43R with 12 tossups.
  • Penn (PA) Polls, Muhlenberg College: President (O49/R45);US Senate (C41/S39) No internals yet

    10/15/2012 9:26:32 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    Penn (PA) Polls, Muhlenberg College: President: Obama 49 - Romney 45 US Senate: Casey 41 - Smith 39
  • The race for the White House stops in Central PA (Ann Romney visits PA; new poll: PA two-point race)

    10/15/2012 7:57:56 AM PDT · by Qbert · 15 replies
    WPMT-TV (Fox43) ^ | October 15, 2012 | Michael Gorsegner
    ELIZABETHTOWN, LANCASTER COUNTY— Just over three weeks until Election Day and the big guns are hitting Central Pennsylvania. Ann Romney, Mitt Romney's wife will be stumping in Lancaster County trying to win some last minute votes. Ann Romney is speaking this afternoon at Elizabethtown College as she tries to put Pennsylvania back on the presidential map. For months, many believe Pennsylvania would once go by way of the Democrats. But with only a few weeks to go, the Republicans are looking to make a last minute surge in Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes. [Snip] "I think the race is...
  • Ann Romney to attend rally in Elizabethtown (Pennsylvania back in the mix?)

    10/14/2012 3:07:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | October 14, 2012 | Matthew Kemeny
    ELIZABETHTOWN — Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will campaign for her husband Monday at Elizabethtown College. Ann Romney will attend a rally at Leffler Chapel and Performance Center in the 900 block of East College Avenue. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the event begins at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested can register for the event at All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue....
  • Romney isn’t giving up on Pennsylvania

    10/14/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/11/2012 | John Gizzi
    Amid rumors in Republican circles and on the Internet that the Romney campaign had decided to write off Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes as lost to President Barack Obama, the Republican candidate’s surge in polls last week made it clear they felt the Keystone State was in play.“Pennsylvania is a state which the Romney campaign believes presents a real opportunity for a Romney victory,” Katie Packer Gage, Romney’s deputy national campaign manager, told Human Events. “If President Obama can’t win there, he can’t win at all. So we plan to fight hard there. We have seen evidence in recent...
  • Inquirer Editorial: Obama will do a better job

    10/14/2012 5:34:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 14, 2012 | Editorial
    Like a carnival barker cajoling a mark into spending the last bills in his wallet, the Republican Party is counting on Americans' not remembering that they've seen this trick before. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney wants voters to forget their familiarity with the prize he's dangling before their eyes - a return to the disastrous economic policies that preceded the recession. Given that context, Romney's prize is no better than a fake pearl. ... Obama deserves more than the grudging credit Republicans are giving him for being the commander in chief who finally got Osama bin Laden. America is safer...
  • Romney calls Pa. girl at center of T-shirt flap

    10/11/2012 10:14:00 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 11, 2012
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mitt Romney has called a 16-year-old Philadelphia girl who says she was mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Romney T-shirt in class. Romney campaign spokeswoman Kate Meriwether tells The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) the Republican presidential candidate called Samantha Pawlucy (pah-LOOS'-ee) on Wednesday.
  • Rasmussen Poll: 7 Point Romney Post-Debate Pa. Bump (More Pennsylvania poll tightening)

    10/10/2012 12:39:51 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Politics PA ^ | 10-10-2012 | Keegan Gibson
    Rasmussen Poll: 7 Point Romney Post-Debate Pa. Bump Written by Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor Mitt Romney has bounced back from a Pa. low according to the latest poll from Rasmussen. He trails President Obama by 5 points, 51 percent to 46. But that’s a 7 point jump for Romney since’ Rasmussen’s previous Pa. poll, taken in mid-September.Rasmussen surveyed 500 likely Pa. voters on October 9 via automated polling to land lines. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percent.It supports the narrative – reflected in polling nationally and in Pa. – that Romney is experiencing a noteworthy bounce...
  • Poll: Romney surges in Pennsylvania

    10/09/2012 10:35:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    Mitt Romney's strong performance in the first presidential debate may have put Pennsylvania back in play, and closed the gap with President Obama in other battleground states. A Siena Research Institute Poll on Tuesday showed the Republican nominee trailing Mr. Obama by only three percentage points, 43 percent to 40 percent, in the Keystone State. Other polls prior to the debate had shown Mr. Obama with as much as a 12-point lead. "Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes suddenly appear to be up for grabs," said poll director Don Levy. "Romney not only has Republican support but now leads in vote-rich areas...
  • More polls: Romney now within three points in Michigan, two in Pennsylvania

    10/08/2012 10:11:26 PM PDT · by Justaham · 26 replies ^ | 10/8/12
    Obama’s 10 percentage point lead (47%-37%) in a poll conducted last month by EPIC-MRA of Lansing dropped to 3 points (48% to 45%), according to the poll of 600 likely voters conducted by EPIC-MRA of Lansing. The gap between Romney and Obama was within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points… “Romney has come back like gangbusters,” said EPIC-MRA President Bernie Porn. “Whether or not it’s long-lasting, only time will tell, but probably the remaining debates will be key.” Conducted in the three days following the Wednesday debate, the poll showed more than five times...
  • Suddenly, Casey in a battle against Smith (Pennsylvania US Senate race tightening!)

    10/08/2012 5:28:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 22 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | 10-8-2012 | Colby Itkowitz
    Suddenly, Casey in a battle against Smith By Colby Itkowitz, Call Washington Bureau October 8, 2012 WASHINGTON — Suddenly, Pennsylvania's sleepy U.S. Senate race is getting buzz. And like the snooze button on an alarm clock, the buzz reveals just how long incumbent Bob Casey's campaign team has overslept, allowing unknown Republican Tom Smith to draw closer. Until the past few days, Smith has controlled the narrative: He's the farm-boy-turned-coal-miner with a large family who mocks Casey (nicknamed Senator Zero in Smith ads) as an ineffective lawmaker. Smith's a businessman who until last week was airing two and a half...
  • Susquehanna Poll: Obama 47, Romney 45 (Pennsylvania)

    10/08/2012 12:58:03 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 53 replies
    Politics PA ^ | 10/08/2012 | Keegan Gibson
    Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by a 2 point margin, identical to his lead in late September according to Susquehanna Polling and Research. But the Republican’s debate performance contributed to a 6 point jump in his favorability rating. In a poll conducted just after the first presidential debate, from Oct. 4 to 6, 47 percent of respondents said they support Obama; 45 percent support Romney. 3 percent support Libertarian Gary Johnson. The Obama-Romney head-to-head numbers are identical the most recent Susquehanna Polling and Research survey released on Sept. 23. The margin of that poll, commissioned by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review closely...
  • Romney Surging in PA (O 47 R 45)

    10/08/2012 3:51:52 PM PDT · by NoobRep · 30 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/8/12 | American Spectator
    Just in. The Susquehanna Poll (from the Susquehanna Polling and Research folks ) have just released their post-debate poll of Pennsylvania. Bottom line: Romney is suddenly surging, with Obama leading by a mere two points -- which is to say a "virtual dead heat." Concludes the poll: There is (my emphasis) "clear evidence the debates have helped solidify the Keystone State as a tossup election in November and one well within Romney's reach."
  • Romney returns to battleground Pa., with stops in Phila. and Delaware County (PA in play?)

    09/29/2012 6:18:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 09/29/2012 | Jeremy Roebuck and Sean Carlin
    Mitt Romney made a bold prediction Friday during his first public campaign stop in months in a state where polls show him lagging and that GOP insiders say he has all but given up. "We're going to take Pennsylvania," he promised an animated crowd at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne. His assessment earlier in the day at a Union League fund-raiser in Philadelphia was sober, yet optimistic. "We really would shock people if early in the evening on Nov. 6, it looked like Pennsylvania was going to come our way," he told donors before adding that he...
  • Mitt Romney's ‘secret:’ Pennsylvania is competitive

    09/28/2012 10:42:31 AM PDT · by kingattax · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/28/12 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    WAYNE, Pa. — Mitt Romney declared Pennsylvania a battleground during a mid-morning rally here Friday, despite public polls showing him well behind in the race for the state’s prized 20 electoral votes. “I’ve got a little secret here and that is that the Obama campaign thinks that Pennsylvania is in their pocket. They don’t need to worry about it,” Romney said during a visit to a military academy in the Philadelphia suburbs. “And you’re right and they’re wrong. We’re going to win Pennsylvania and we’re going to take the White House.”
  • Romney: I'm not giving up on Pennsylvania

    09/28/2012 2:38:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 28, 2012 | Sarah Huisenga
    WAYNE, Pa. With 39 days until the election, Mitt Romney on Friday spent precious time campaigning in Pennsylvania, a state he hadn't visited in more than two months and where polls show him trailing President Obama by an average of 8 percentage points. Brushing aside the numbers, the Republican nominee told a crowd of several hundred people at the Valley Forge Military Academy & College that Obama is taking the state for granted. "I've got a little secret here and that is that the Obama campaign thinks Pennsylvania is in their pocket -- they don't need to worry about it."...
  • Pennsylvania:Poll Shows Tie in 12th District Race (John Murtha's old district possible R pickup)

    09/25/2012 7:35:21 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9-25-2012 | Shira Toeplitz
    September 25, 2012 Pennsylvania: GOP Poll Shows Tie in 12th District Race Shira Toeplitz A new GOP poll shows a dead heat between Rep. Mark Critz (D) and attorney Keith Rothfus (R) in southwestern Pennsylvania.Both candidates scored 38 percent in the survey paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee and the GOP nominee. Twenty-four percent of respondents reported they were undecided.Party committees, candidates and outside groups have barraged the airwaves in the district. But in the past few weeks, Democratic groups accounted for more airtime.Republicans say Rothfus improved his position in the race despite the Democratic ad campaign. In...