Philadelphia (CNN) - Mitt Romney on Friday opened a Philadelphia fund-raiser by saying a Romney win in the battleground state of Pennsylvania would amount to a surprising defeat.
"You know we really would shock people if early in the evening of Nov. 6 it looked like Pennsylvania was going to come our way and actually did come our way,” Romney said at the Union League Club. “That could happen. That could happen."
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But by the end of the event, Romney was riding high on the idea and predicted he would pull a victory, despite being down in recent polls that measure support in the Keystone State
"I'm going to win Pennsylvania, and I'm going to become the next president of the United States," the Republican presidential nominee said definitively at a fund-raiser, urging the crowd to help get out the vote.
Along with the fund-raiser, former Massachusetts governor held a rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, where he focused his comments on defense spending and reiterated his expectation to win the state.
“The Obama campaign thinks that Pennsylvania is in their pocket and they don’t need to worry about it,” he said, as the crowd began to boo. “You’re right, and they’re wrong. We’re going to win Pennsylvania, we’re going to take the White House.”
While Romney hopes to capture the state and its 20 electoral votes, CNN's Poll of Polls indicates President Barack Obama has a 10-point advantage over Romney in Pennsylvania, 51% to 41%. The Poll of Polls averages five Pennsylvania polls of likely voters in the last two and a half weeks.
CNN's Electoral Map rates the state as leaning towards Obama. The president carried Pennsylvania in 2008 by 10.3%.
Along with the fund-raiser, former Massachusetts governor held a rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, where he focused his comments on defense spending. Later Friday he heads to Boston for an evening event with running mate Paul Ryan.
Romney surprised some political observers by appearing in the state Friday, rather than stopping in more competitive states. Romney's last visit to the state was on July 17, with Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, last stumping in Pennsylvania on August 21.
The nominee, like Obama, spent time in Ohio and Virginia in the last few days–two states considered highly competitive this November.
- CNN’s Ashley Killough, Rachel Streitfeld and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.