In today’s polling averages Romney is ahead by 1.4%. Four years ago today Obama had an 8.2% lead. All of the attention is on Ohio but Pennsylvania has more electoral votes.
It is now in the tossup category and three recent polls have Romney within the margin of error. Romney campaigned in the state this week and predicted victory. The change is most apparent in the Pittsburgh region among what use to be called Reagan Democrats. The area has thousands of signs proclaiming “Stop the War on Coal – Fire Obama.”
In September, the House passed the “Stop the War on Coal Act.” In addition to coal, 270,000 Pennsylvania jobs are connect to hydraulic fracturing, and there are few Obama fans in the energy industry. They could provide the crucial 2% victory margin the GOP needs.