Mitt Romney’s Campaign, RNC Have 60+ Staffers In Pennsyvania, Planning More

Here was the original headline in the Sam Stein piece:

Mitt Romney’s Campaign Pushes In Pennsylvania; Candidate, RNC Send 60+ Staffers To State

He then wrote this correction:

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said that the Romney campaign and the RNC planned to send 60-plus staffers to Pennsylvania. In fact, there are already 60 staffers in the state and their plan is to send additional staff, adding to the 60.

Still good news, just not the overwhelming show of force implied with the orginal headline/story … grrrrr

The grassroots are already there (via Instapundit):

SHOWING UP: Reader Christian Aranda is attending election-monitor training at Romney HQ in Philadelphia and reports: “Packed house.”

Now the official reinforcements are getting sent in:

The Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee are planning to send more than 60 staffers to Pennsylvania for the closing two weeks of the presidential election, a RNC official told The Huffington Post. The move is the clearest sign to date that Republicans view the Keystone State as in play this November, though it’s not entirely clear whether the staffing is being done as a head-fake for Democrats or out of general electoral optimism. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign had previously moved its Pennsylvania communications director to Virginia. That communications director was recently caught tweeting from Virginia even as vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was appearing at a Pittsburgh-area rally.

Addendum: This move supplements the Old Line Staters (that’s Maryland for you out-of-towners) who are there already:

“In my opinion, any active Republican not currently working on a local campaign should be heading to Virginia or Pennsylvania,” said Chris Cavey, a longtime GOP leader in Maryland who is vice chair of Romney’s state campaign. “When it’s within the margin of error, you can’t say which door or set of doors … or which phone call it was that made the difference.” Both campaigns are exporting hundreds of Maryland volunteers to neighboring states each weekend. They travel on buses or carpool into critical precincts. They knock on doors, hand out campaign literature and staff telephone banks. Sometimes they are waved off by voters weary of the attention that living in a political battleground brings. Occasionally, initial encounters between strangers spark conversations that continue for weeks. With 16 days to go before the Nov. 6 election, such scenes are playing out across the country. In Alabama — where voters last chose a Democratic candidate for president in 1976 — the state Republican Party is organizing bus trips to Ohio and Florida, a spokeswoman said.

In Pennsylvania Saturday, about 25 Maryland Republicans joined the local GOP in going door-to-door in the Delaware County town of Havertown. Some of the Marylanders came aboard a charter a bus, others by car. For much of the year Pennsylvania appeared to be solidly in the Obama column, but that may be changing. Public polls show the president has a roughly 6 percentage point lead in the state, but Republicans in Pennsylvania were cheered Saturday by a new Susquehanna Poll showing Romney pulling ahead in a state Obama won by 10 points in 2008.

The Maryland contingent Saturday was led by Harford County Executive David Craig, Romney’s county campaign chair and a prospective candidate for governor. His mission: to help turn a light-blue state into a light-red state. His instructions to the troops: Leave the Ravens gear at home. It is, after all, Philadelphia Eagles country. Among those getting on the bus at a Harford park-and-ride were Aaron Tomarchio of Bel Air and his 14-year-old political prodigy nephew, Brandon Vaughn. Tomarchio said he’s been involved in every presidential race since 1988 and is no stranger to traveling out-of-state to campaign for Republicans — including a 2004 foray into West Virginia on behalf of President George W. Bush.

Go Terps!


  1. Jim S.
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It’s on! Very interesting, as it puts the O campaign in an interesting spot. If they start pouring resources into PA it means they will have to begin pulling them out of other states and sends a message of serious trouble. I would love to see the RNC/Romney internals for PA now.

  2. Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mildly good news for Romney. 60 staffers in a high population state like PA isnt much. I will believe Romney is making a real play for PA when Romney holds a large-person rally in PA. Until then, it’s a small win for Romney in the spin-cycle of news.

  3. wholefoodsrepublican
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    the heavily democrat pittsburgh post-gazette report “a cheering crowd of several hundred people at an airport rally” – it doesn’t lead as much as Pitt no longer losing and the Episocopalian convention. but interestingly the article quotes two young women who are enthusiastic supporters.

    pittsburgh is close enough to ohio that would make a stop feasible…and maybe a little tug on team obama to scramble some resources to PA.. PA has been trending republican again with election of corbett and toomey and pro-life democrat casey in trouble…

    will the black panthers come out to help philly carry the state for obama? eric holder,,, where are you?

  4. margaret
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I was just re-watching the great biography video about Romney that was played at the RNC just before his acceptance speech. Romney has a reputation for being cheap – a good trait in a CEO actually. I don’t think this move into PA is a head-fake for that reason. It’s not a full invasion of staffers but a preliminary incursion to see if PA can swing enough to be worth committing more resources. I believe the state is in play, more than MI. It’s achievable this cycle because of Keystone and other job issues IMHO.

    • allthingsgeography1
      Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Strategically, it is a smart move. Send in a small force to gauge the strength of Obama in the state and see if they can confirm what their internal polls (as well as public polls, frankly) may be telling them. Maybe send Ryan to do a rally (in fact, didn’t he do one today?). If the attention is as or greater than anticipated, send in the big guns (Romney himself). Because of the upswell against Obama this election cycle, Romney has the same opportunity that Obama did 4yrs ago…to play in enemy territory and grab voters that may be either undecided or very soft to the troubled opposing candidate and could actually switch sides if they believe the candidate is worthy. I found it telling 4yrs ago when while volunteering for the Obama campaign in Nebraska that Team Obama was looking at North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Nebraska Congressional District 2 (where I canvassed and found a lot of Republican crossover voters), North Dakota and Montana (and of course, in the end, he won the first four, racked up good numbers in ND and nearly defeated McCain in MT). Romney may be more conservative in his methods of attack, but if he feels that PA may finally not be fools gold this year, he’d be smart to test it, then run with it and make Obama defend territory. MN might be another place he can play as well.

      • allthingsgeography1
        Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

        Putting my Democratic hat back on…if I were Obama, I would probably just stop the charade that I can win certain states that lean Republican and do everything possible to hold the traditionally Democratic states. It sucks, but if Obama wins, it’s going to be a squeaker and so holding that territory and capturing states like Ohio and Iowa (and hopefully Colorado and Nevada) are absolutely necessary to stay above the 270 threshold.

      • MikeN
        Posted October 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

        That’s what Obama is doing. Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, and New Hampshire are all must wins now. Conceding Colorado, Virginia,Florida, and perhaps also Wisconsin.

    • spottedreptile
      Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink | Reply

      Romney strikes me as a guy who wrings every last cent of value out of his investments. That’s not cheap, that’s efficient, and exactly what America needs right now.

  5. jeff
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Be ready for the Obama team to start mobilizing its crack voter fraud units in Philly and Pittsburgh to counter the expected mass pro Romney votes in the suburbs and rural areas.

    • jeff
      Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I was just thinking if the voter id law had not been overturned Obama would have been toast in PA. He more than ever needs non citizens and felons to vote en masse to counter the Romney surge.

    • Kevin
      Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Since Obama doesn’t have ACRON this time around, he’s relying upon another form of help.

      United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud.

      The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers around the county on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places.

      And I’ll bet you anything they will be put in swing counties to create the false image of voter suppression.

      I don’t know how foreigners can be allowed to have any type of oversight into our elections.

      • MikeN
        Posted October 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

        He has ACORN,government illegally gave them lots of money.

      • spottedreptile
        Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

        Absolutely disgraceful, but knowing the UN and how it works, not surprising. Please President Romney, kick that sorry lot out of NYC!

  6. Tom
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Here is an excellent read on Romney in PA. It will go RED on election day.

  7. EpiphoneKnight
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Question: for people who assume polls will shift toward the 6th to reflect accuracy rather than propaganda, at what point do you expect said shift?

    • AussieMarcus
      Posted October 21, 2012 at 4:34 am | Permalink | Reply

      Well it has to be soon for their own reputations’ sake. There’s only 2-3 rounds of polling maximum left.

      Since even the MSM is conceding Florida is going going gone for Obama, I’d expect sensible FL and NC polls, at least.

  8. Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Robert Costas from NRO was on WMAL with Larry O’Connor with Breitbart this afternoon. He said the Romney camp was sending troops to Meeeeeechigan. 😉

    • WillBest
      Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink | Reply

      the romney IL website is looking for volunteers to michigan not wisconsin

  9. Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Can some one tell me what State GOP could really use money tonight? Iowa, PA? Suggestions?

    • Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Ohio still wouldn’t hurt. Iowa would be good. PA might be the best option, just because if it swings it will be all over.

    • Kevin
      Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, or Nevada. Take your pick.

      • Guest
        Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

        The Nevada GOP has been captured by the loony Paulbots.

    • TeaPartyPaul
      Posted October 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I have donated twice to Cuyahoga County State gop offices perdogg

    • spottedreptile
      Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:54 am | Permalink | Reply

      Any Senate race that needs help, particularly PA and Connie Mack down in FL. If we don’t get the Senate, it will be uphill all the way.

  10. Morse Fan
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Agreed about the significance of parts of Ohio in Pennsylvania media markets and vice versa, and it may not be so complex to move staff back and forth. The governor gets two for the price of one. Current polls do indicate if he can soften western Pennsylvania, he can win the state. Energy policy, contraception mandate, Eastern European roots: the actual issues and Romney’s prior actual activities were made for that region.

    That raises an interesting thought: Looking back at Romney’s campaign, it sure seems better organized than he and his staff got credit for. What he said about foreign policy when he said those things looms large now; he really hasn’t flip flopped about that. Even the “gaffe” in the UK wasn’t so bad; he sure reminded everyone he had run the Olympics at a time when he needed to be using free advertising and ruffling the British feathers plays better in Peoria than Washington and New York. The Poland trip went well and even if mainstream media’s story from it was that a staffer was supposedly rude, the many folks of Polish et al. descent in what are only now toss up states probably did get the message. Russia as our “biggest geopolitical threat,” which looked so silly then, makes a lot more sense today. Same in a big way with energy independence. He was talking about Syria before things fell apart so badly that the president actually has military personnel in Turkey. It was an obvious candidate for an October Surprise and now it will mostly scream of wagging the dog, and therefore feed into growing distrust of the president, not produce the rallying around the president such things usually do.

    Maybe he knew his country better than we guessed from the relentless message that he was out-of-touch. Releasing the tax returns with nothing offensive in them at what seemed to be a bizarre time makes more sense now when you remember that his likeability numbers were already perking up during the president’s convention bounce and he was close to tied on toplines on the eve of the first debate. We weren’t just surprised to discover who he really was; we were primed for it. If he had countered the president this summer, he would have dumped a lot of money and not benefited quite so much later. I saw a poll a few weeks after the Libya/Egypt video speech indicating 70 percent of those surveyed said it was more important to stand up for free speech than smooth out relations with other countries. How could our Egyptian embassy have been so at risk from video demonstrations to have justified official apologies when the Libyan consolate actually wasn’t.

    I wonder how historians will tell this story. For as stupid as people thought his campaign was, somehow he found a way to threaten a popular, incumbent president, driving him all the way to his knees. And, I now think, very likely to be reading the oath of office in January.

    • MikeN
      Posted October 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’d like him to play up in the debate that Obama wouldn’t allow Lech Walesa to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the Polish woman who warned about the Holocaust. Wouldn’t mind seeing some ads about it.
      Pope John Paul said Be Not Afraid, Lech Walesa stood tall against Communism. To take the prize, Obama said no, but gave a medal to a Communist the same time.

  11. sth88
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Turns out this isn’t quite accurate, according to Ace of Spades:

    Which isn’t to say Romney may not put more people into PA as he locks down FL and perhaps VA, it’s just that his campaign isn’t sending anyone new in right now. They just hope to do so in the near future.

  12. Spottedreptile
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Dont forget the Senate, Smith is in a crucial battle with Casey here and every vote counts.

  13. PAforRomney&Smith
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Heard from Local victory office that Romney is up by 2 points according to internals!

    • jeff
      Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Romney has to be up by another extra points to counter expected votor ftaud.

    • Posted October 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Been hearing down here through the grapevine that Romney is up in VA, OH, NC, and FL, but also PA, MI, WI, IA, NV, CO, and even in MN with all the momentum moving to Romney. Within striking distance in NJ, CT, and OR. If the President’s campaign continues to flounder and Romney continues to be strong, this could be a huge victory unlike any since 1988.

      • EpiphoneKnight
        Posted October 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

        Up via what markers? Internal polls? Would love to see MN flip before I leave the state for good. Haha.

      • Posted October 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

        It’s a combination of the buzz of the polling, the enthusiasm in the amount of volunteers, the amount of signs and bumper stickers requested, and the amount of absentee/early voting plus election commitments. They are getting a lot of data from House polling on the district level. No specifics have been given, but the paid campaign people are very, very enthusiastic and encouraged – and a couple worked for McCain and Bush. They have said they have never seen this level of enthusiasm for a candidate on our side.

      • EpiphoneKnight
        Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

        If Mitt won all those states, it would leave O with what, 9 states? LOL RI NY MA VT ME MD IL CA WA HI (There’s 10)

      • Ron
        Posted October 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

        This could be 2010 all over again.

  14. Jon
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great news! If Romney and the RNC are opening a 4th front, then DNC and Obama can’t afford to compete on all fronts.

    Obama is acting like a loser in his Campagin and now having to defend states never thought in play. Not good tactics by the dems.

    Wonder how much bleed the RNC can create to force senate seats out

    • spottedreptile
      Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink | Reply

      I don’t want to tempt fate, however I have this recurring image of kicking back on my computer with a coffee and watching the carnage begin on C-Span about 10am Australian time, with a very large window for BattlegroundWatch, of course! I’ve told my family I am not to be disturbed unless we are on fire. I imagine it will be a fait accompli fairly shortly thereafter. One of the blue New England states will fall, as well as NH, PA and then it’s all over Red Rover as the RR tsunami washes over the rest of the US.

      Of course this is an election DREAM (not tempting fate) but it is a pleasant one.

  15. Ron
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    There was the first debate and an initial surge which served to destroy Obama’s major hedge against defeat–the illusion of his inevitability. Since then the media has been glum, even resigned, though pundits on the left are keeping up a front. The second surge will come a few days before November 6 when the undecideds finally break for the challenger.

    Apart from the polls and the yard signs and the propaganda, there’s this other fact: Obama’s not getting the kinds of crowds a popular president can summon up. He keeps appearing at college campuses–where it’s always easy to gather people together. Yet as President of the United States he couldn’t fill that arena in Charlotte, remember? –and the weather was fine. Truth is, he’s boring. People are tired of him and the same old same old.

    • EpiphoneKnight
      Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:59 am | Permalink | Reply

      Who wants to spend money and time and travel to listen to a grump?

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