[updated] What's going on in Pennsylvania?
by tarheel74, Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 08:21:24 PM EDT
I am writing this diary after reading this on CNN:
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has sent two separate memos to the Obama campaign in the past five days requesting that the Democratic Presidential candidate--as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton--return to campaign in Pennsylvania, Rendell told CNN's Gloria Borger.
Rendell said the McCain campaign is clearly making a push to win Pennsylvania, given the recent visits by the Arizona senator, his wife and his running mate. As a result, he wants Obama to appear in western Pennsylvania, Harrisburg and one more "large rally" in Philadelphia. Democrats generally worry that the race is significantly closer than what recent polls have suggested. According to Rendell, there is also worry among Democrats the McCain campaign has successfully raised the enthusiasm level among Republicans in the state.
Now I go to the Hershey Medical Center often for work and I have seen that quite a few people in that area are McCain supporters but that is from yard signs only. There is no way I can gauge the support of Obama or McCain in Dauphin county (which includes the state capital Harrisburg) although Obama did win there in the primary. I have no way of knowing what is going on in the rest of the state and from what I read and heard on CNN, Gov. Rendell seems to be quite worried, maybe he wants to err on the side of caution. However if there is anyone here from PA who knows what the deal is on the ground in PA please let me know so that on my next visit, which will be soon, I can get involved on the ground there. From the public polls it seems we have a 13 point advantage, is this somehow different from the internals?Update [2008-10-22 11:11:9 by tarheel74]:
Dauphin1980 R: 59,755 D: 37,6702004 R: 83,699 D: 67,3452008 R: 81,340 D: 81,489
I found those stats on the Pennlive site and I have to say they are quite amazing. Dauphin can be turned blue. In that case we can win PA without the western counties.