Mitt Romney is making a last-minute blitz into Pennsylvania after watching President Barack Obama’s lead dwindle in the Keystone State, with the GOP nominee set to visit on Sunday, the New York Times reported
Pennsylvania, once ignored because it was thought to fall solidly in the Obama column, now, with polls showing Obama’s lead narrowing, is being infused with super PAC money. The state, with 20 electoral votes, has gone Democratic in every presidential election for the last 20 years.
Conservative super PACs have ordered millions of dollars in airtime, according to the Times and unloaded a new round of commercials on Thursday and the Republican National Committee is pouring $2.5 million into the state.
The GOP blitz is forcing Democrats to spend more and the Obama campaign has put more than $1.5 million into an ad campaign here and is planning even more.
“It’s a little tighter than I would have expected,” Jef Pollock, a pollster for Priorities U.S.A. Action, a Democratic super PAC, told the Times. “But the question is whether this is just the natural tightening that’s going to happen.”
The Republicans see opportunities in the state’s upper class suburbs.
“The biggest drop-off for the president has been in these more suburban, upper-class areas,” Jim Lee, the president of Susquehanna Polling and Research, a Republican firm, told the Times. “The women there tend to be very moderate, pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-gay rights. And they don’t fear a Romney presidency like they would maybe a Rick Santorum presidency. I don’t think Obama has been able to convince them that Romney is a radical.”
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