Pennsylvania: Swing State No More?
'It hasn't been for some time,' Democrat party chairman says
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 8, 2012 11:18 AM CST
Heather Pullen, center, reacts to the projection that President Barack Obama had won Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Duval County Democratic watching party in Jacksonville, Fla.   (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney and his allies spent $10 million in Pennsylvania in the last week of the campaign, but it wound up going blue—just like it has in every presidential election since 1992. Obama won by much less than he did in 2008, but the margin was still a not-terribly-close 5.2 points. That has some people, understandably, wondering if it still counts as a swing state. "Six in a row is not just a fluke," a political scientist tells the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The state boasts a million more registered Democrats than Republicans, which helped them win all four statewide races. But others point out that the state still has a Republican governor, legislator, and congressional delegation—in part because midterm turnout is lower. "We have a difficult time in these major presidential election years," the state's GOP chair says. Still, many believe that with a more moderate candidate, Republicans would have a shot. "If it's Chris Christie," one Democrat says, "don't you think Pennsylvania is a swing state?"

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OuttaHere
Nov 8, 2012 5:23 PM CST
I don't think Chris Christie would make any difference and I'll predict he fades from the scene just as fast as he arrived.
The_Word
Nov 8, 2012 12:50 PM CST
The State of Pennsylvania is again another disappointment for the Catholic Church and every Pro-Life group out there. The Catholic Democrats are still voting Pro-Abortion. Catholic=Democrat=Anti-Life, almost 100% voting by all Democrats in the House and Senate, (not to mention the President voting pro-infanticide in the Illinois State Senate), will always be the case. The Republican Party still has not learned not to Hope for fake Catholics to changed party affiliation.
Pragmatist5
Nov 8, 2012 12:35 PM CST
The Democrat Party is the party of "believers in free lunch". We all wish that work wouldn' be so difficult . . . seems to be our nature. Past experience shows us over and over that we must work for our lunch. However as my old friend now deceased used to say, " we don't learn from experience we learn from pain." When the populace of America experiences enough pain perhaps we will listen again to those who are trying to tell that work brings reward. Mr. Obama is just the remedy. He will bring us that pain and Americans will someday realize their mistake. There really is, "no free lunch."