Romney Rallies in Virginia (Thursday) and Yep, Pennsylvania (Friday)

Maybe Pennsylvania is in play after all.  It’s hard to know what to believe these days.  Support for Obama has been characterized as “rotten underneath” meaning it will crumble should Romney gain any momentum.  And the Susquehanna polls of a very different electorate from 2008 as we regularly argue for shows the race practically knotted up.  And just as you don’t see Obama stumping in North Carolina or Romney stumping in New Mexico, a campaign isn’t sending a candidate to a state unless there’s a good reason.  Things may get a lot more interesting very soon:

Virginia

Mitt Romney will stump some more in Virginia on Thursday. The former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee will hold a “Veterans for Romney” event shortly before noon at an American Legion post in Springfield. Romney, running mate Paul Ryan and their high-profile surrogates have made frequent visits to the battleground state, as have President Obama, Vice President Biden and their stand-ins. Biden campaigned in the Richmond suburb of Chesterfield on Tuesday. Romney’s event begins at 11:50 a.m. at American Legion Post 176 at 6520 Amherst Avenue in Springfield.

Pennsylvania

Republican Mitt Romney, already in Philadelphia to raise campaign cash, is planning a public rally Friday at Valley Forge Military Academy & College in suburban Wayne. The Southeastern Pennsylvania swing will be Romney’s first visit to the state since mid July, when he held a rally at a a shale-drilling related business in Westmoreland County coupled with a fundraiser in Pittsburgh. Romney’s return comes amid speculation that Pennsyvlania has fallen off his campaign’s target list as a top-tier battelground state. Recent polls have show President Obama with a lead in the low double digits in the state, though top Republicans say their own polling has the race much closer and not they have not given up being competitive. Friday’s event at the military school is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., with the doors opening at 9:30 a.m., Republicans said.

 

4 Comments

  1. AussieMarcus
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 6:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    Why is New Mexico not in play? Bush won it in 2004 so I’d have thought it’s more “Republican” than Wisconsin, NH, PA, etc where Bush didn’t win in 2004.

  2. Posted September 27, 2012 at 6:21 am | Permalink | Reply

    The GOP has pulled all the money out of the state and Romney has not been successful reaching out to Hispanics enough to move the needle. They still have the campaign infrastructure in the state but that will focus on local House and Senate races.

    • No Tribe
      Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s more that Gary Johnson is going to get ~10% there in New Mexico, most of it from Romney voters. Conversely, that might help Romney in New Hampshire, where the Green candidate Stein, who’s been on Boston TV a lot over the years with her campaigns, could pull in a percentage or two in NH, helping Romney in a tight contest.

  3. No Tribe
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    He’s just there for campaign cash, so an event is planned as well. Same thing Ryan did in Oregon. But, as you say, if things get interesting… Really though, one of the failures to date of Romney’s campaign has been that he’s not widened the path to 270.

    Additionally though, there are some TV stations and Radio stations that span across the tip of WV and far east Ohio, as Steeler’s fans know.

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