Pennsylvania: One of the Bluest States, According to RCP
by BPK80, Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 12:44:42 PM EDT
I am very happy to see my home state of Pennsylvania so far out of the battleground status and becoming bluer and bluer as each year passes. PA has gone from hotly contested in 2000, likewise in 2004, and again in 2008, all with miserable failures by the GOP. In 2006, Pennsylvania repudiated Rick Santorum with a landslide 18 point margin smackdown that was justifiably humiliating for the incumbent.
We may love "us" some Hillary in Pennsylvania, but this state is nowhere near its "trapped in the Dark Ages" reputation some pundits have inaccurately attempted to fabricate. We have a Democratic governor, a Democratic senator, a socially liberal Republican senator, and an electoral cache that slips further and further out of the GOP's reach with every election.
I checked RCP on PA today and noticed the following shocker:
RCP Average 10/05 - 10/14 -- 53.6 40.0 Obama +13.6
+13.6 is huge. HUGE. And obv, not just one poll but an avg. PA on RCP is only 1 point behind California and only two points behind Massachusetts in terms of blueness.
While like many Hillary supporters, I was afraid that the DNC might be folding the election by nominating a candidate open to GOP slime, it appears no one is buying the train crash express, er... whatever they're calling it these days. For every one racist Pennsylvania is alleged (key word) to have, there are hundreds of Americans living here who are infinitely more horrified by Sarah Palin than the color of an executive's pigments.
Eastern Pennsylvania is growing very rapidly, with a lot of migration into greater Philadelphia (though not necessarily the city itself), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Allentown/Bethlehem, and Harrisburg. The upstate cities have grown very diverse. With Pittsbugh and Erie on the western side, this proliferation and expansion of traditional Democratic strongholds will make Pennsylvania an even bigger longshot for GOP hopes in the future. According to RCP, PA is even bluer than New Jersey today. If that holds on election day, I will be proud of PA for becoming so steadfastly progressive.
CHEERS for Pennsylvania.