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Details on Romney’s Tuesday Visit to Pennsylvania

A couple days ago we mentioned Romney will campaign in the Keystone State this week, now the details have emerged he will visit Horizontal Wireline Services in Westmoreland County:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to bring his campaign to Westmoreland County on Tuesday, delivering his message about creating jobs and growing the economy to a North Huntingdon company deeply involved in natural gas exploration. Romney is scheduled to make a campaign appearance at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Horizontal Wireline Services LLC at 381 Colonial Manor Road, Chairwoman Jill Cooper of the county Republican committee announced on Saturday to a packed crowd at the GOP’s campaign headquarters in Greensburg. The doors to the campaign event will open at 11:30 a.m. Horizontal Wireline provides well completion and well evaluation services, according to its website. State Sen. Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, said she had contacted the company’s owner for the Romney campaign and he agreed to the visit. The company moved into Westmoreland County a few years ago and employs about 100 people.

The Westmoreland County Republican Party held the event at its longtime headquarters on Maple Avenue, which the party has renamed a Victory Center. A similar center opened on Saturday in Montgomery County under the party’s Victory Pennsylvania Program. The Greensburg event attracted about 120 people, some of whom had to stand outside the office.

Rick Santorum pitches in

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who had been Romney’s rival until dropping out of the race shortly before the Pennsylvania primary in April, said the upcoming presidential election is the most critical in our lifetime. “This is a tipping point in American history. A tipping point as to what kind of country we are going to be,” Santorum said. He accused Obama of being “drunk with power” now in the face of an election. “Imagine what he would do with four more years,” said the former U.S. senator, who lost to Casey in 2006. Santorum told campaign volunteers that Romney needs a big vote in Westmoreland County — greater than the 100,000 that George W. Bush received in 2004 — to win in Pennsylvania. “Westmoreland County is the key. You must do better this time — 110,000 or 115,000” votes, Santorum said. Santorum said he has been assisting the Romney campaign in its battle against Obama, recently opening two campaign headquarters in Iowa.

Romney Bus Tours Battleground Counties

Even though we pointed out that the bus tour travels through all states won by Obama (complete schedule here), ABC drilled down a little further and identified that many of the stops were in all-important Battleground Counties — one of our favorite topics:

In New Hampshire:

Romney visits the towns of Stratham and Milford. Stratham is located in Rockingham County, in the southeastern most portion of the state. Barack Obama narrowly carried Rockingham in 2008, defeating Sen.  John McCain by about 1 percentage point. Milford is located in Hillsborough County, another blue county in 2008.  Obama carried this one by a margin of about 3 percentage points.

In Pennsylvania:

Weatherly and Quakertown are located in Carbon County and Bucks County, respectively, two counties that went blue the last time around. Obama won Carbon County by roughly 2 percentage points and carried Bucks County by about 9.

In Ohio there are no pure Battleground Counties on the tour. Brunswick in is red Medina County (McCain: 53, Obama: 45) but the town is right on the border of Cuyahoga County that Obama carried 69-30 thanks to strong city support in Cleveland.  Newark is in red Licking County (McCain 57-41), but its neighboring county is Franklin County that Obama carried 60-39. Troy is in lightly populated Miami County that McCain carried decisively (63-35 ) but its adjoining county is the far more populous Montgomery County that Obama won 53-46.

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