Friday, November 2, 2012
Is Pennsylvania in play?
For the last few weeks, we in Pennsylvania have excitedly watched the poll numbers of Barack Obama go down...down...down. The closer we get to the election, the more the polls reflect a shift away from Obama and towards Mitt Romney. In Pennsylvania, a state that hasn't gone for a Republican since 1988, this signals a dramatic slide...one that I hope is indicative of the rest of the country.
In light of these numbers, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are headed to the great state of PA this upcoming weekend to try and secure the upset. Romney will visit Philadelphia (the bastion of liberalism in PA) Sunday, and Ryan will be in Harrisburg on Saturday. Since Harrisburg isn't all that far from where I live, I'm contemplating going to see him. Of course it's at the airport and you still have to go through airport security, so I'm weighing whether seeing Ryan is worth the physical molestation I'll have to endure from the TSA. But I digress.
Will Pennsylvania go for Romney? Probably not, as the most populous cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh control the vote and they vote exclusively Democrat. Insert annoyance about the electoral collage here. But the fact that the poll numbers are so close and people are declaring the state a toss up when it hasn't been tossed to a Republican in 20 years is a good sign that the reign of Obama may be nearing it's end. If PA is considered a toss up, then regular toss ups like Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina should be leaning strongly for Romney. And that means the election should be as well. For America's sake, let's hope that's true.