McCain Bets the Farm on Pa.

GOP battles Dems' big advantage in polls, registration
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 21, 2008 10:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain is going full throttle in Pennsylvania, but his work is cut out for him: He’s behind 12-15 points in state polls, and Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in the state, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. McCain, wife Cindy, and Sarah Palin have stumped heavily there all week. “We will win Pennsylvania,” said a rep. “We wouldn't be here unless we were 100% confident of that."

But Barack Obama is flooding the airwaves with ads and has a larger organization in the state, which has been blue for the past 20 years. McCain’s camp is “still here because they can't get out. It would be psychologically devastating to their campaign nationally,” said an analyst. The GOP is now looking for a way to win without Iowa, New Mexico, and Colorado, and Pennsylvania is key to the strategy, CNN reports.