October 20, 2012

THEY'RE ALL IN PLAY:

Republicans find new hope in Pennsylvania (Manu Raju, October 20, 2012, Politico)

[E]ven if the conventional wisdom is that Pennsylvania still leans Democrat on the presidential and Senate map, the state was important enough for vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan to stump here Saturday, making a pit stop at an airport hangar to 800 cheering supporters brandishing signs bearing the words, "Pennsylvania believes."

Polls have shown there's a reason for Republicans to believe they have some hope here. Two public polls in the past 10 days have suggested that Smith's ad campaign -- where he's dubbed Casey as an "invisible senator" -- has erased the Democrat's double-digit lead, dropping his lead down to single digits, with an Allentown Morning Call poll even putting the Democrat's advantage at 2 points. According to a Quinnipiac poll, Romney has sliced Obama's 12-point lead down to 4, while a GOP poll released Friday even put Romney ahead by 4 points here, and Smith up by 2.

On top of that, Smith pulled off a rarity for a challenger against an incumbent senator, narrowly outraising Casey in the last quarter by pulling in $1.6 million from private donations.

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