Another tightening battleground: Pennsylvania
October 9th, 2012
05:02 PM ET
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Another tightening battleground: Pennsylvania

(CNN) – Among a slate of battleground state polls showing a tightening race between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama is a survey in Pennsylvania, where Obama, until recently, held a lead over his rival but is now statistically tied with the GOP nominee.

The poll, from Siena College, showed Obama with the backing of 43% of likely Pennsylvania voters, compared to 40% who backed Romney. That's within the 4.2% sampling error. Another 12% of likely Pennsylvania voters in the Siena poll remained undecided. The survey was conducted October 1-5, partially before and partially after the first presidential debate between Obama and Romney, which took place October 3.

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The latest poll showing a close race between Obama and Romney in Pennsylvania is a shift from the end of September, when a CNN Poll of Polls in the state showed Obama with a 10-point advantage over Romney. The Poll of Polls averaged five Pennsylvania polls of likely voters over a two and a half week period.

CNN's Electoral Map rates the state as leaning towards Obama. The president carried Pennsylvania in 2008 by 10.3%. There are 20 electoral votes at stake in November.

At a rally in Pennsylvania on September 28, Romney opened by saying a win in the state would amount to a surprising defeat for the president.

"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."

On Tuesday, the Romney campaign said they were shifting five of their 64 Pennsylvania staffers to Ohio, where early voting is already underway.

"We have so much going on in Ohio that we're temporarily asking some staff to help out," a Romney campaign official said.

The Siena Poll of Pennsylvania was conducted by telephone from 545 likely Pennsylvania voters between October 1 and October 5. The sampling error was plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.


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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania • President Obama
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. RogueRobots

    Thank you DejaVu65 for reminding voters of what Robmoney has in store for us if God forbid he is elected. OBAMA supporters, please get to the polls and vote Obama and straight Democratic ticket. Do not allow Robmoney to buy this election. Do the research to make an educated decision. Do not decide based on one debate only. There are three more debates so tune in. Democracy is not a spectator sport. VOTE. PA FOR OBAMA 2012.

    October 9, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Biden better do well in the next debate.

    October 9, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Yes!asking staff to help out?In suppressing votes or to rig,I guess.

    October 9, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Craig RB

    I really don't think Romney will win....he's just too weird, unreal and hard to relate to. He's also a major phony and wants to be President to satisfy his ego; he doesn't care about this country or the people. He's proven his unpatriotism by keeping his money in foreign countries and spending the Viet Nam war years in France. Now really folks, how can anyone in their right mind vote for this fraud?

    October 9, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. jimmy lim

    How can anyone vote for a LIAR like Romney. He does not represent the Tea Party anymore but instead he is now slightly right of centrist, not so dissimilar to Obama's policies but just with a bit tweaking. in short, he copies Obama but just make some changes here n there. No conviction n originality

    October 10, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  6. Holly Hilt

    A couple of points. No matter who becomes president, either this election or in the future, no one is going to end legal abortions. Possibly some day tax payers will no longer be expected to pay for them, and I look forward to that day. Women are not better off under Obama. More women are unemployed, and more single mothers and their children are under poverty level than EVER. Romney is NOT taking medicare away from seniors. He is NOT giving vouchers instead of medicare. Ryan's plan calls for a CHOICE of traditional Medicare or vouchers for those 55 and under who will get Medicare in the future. NO CHANGE FOR THOSE ALREADY ON MEDICARE!!! Actually, many doctors and hospitals have already said they will no longer accept Medicare under Obamacare. Romney does not want to involve religion in government. And for Pete's sake, drop the Big Bird tears already! Look up the Corporztion for Public Broadcasting. Check their income and salaries. They will survive just fine without government funding.

    October 10, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  7. Max

    Its amazing how half this country wants to support obama when they know deep down inside that his policies are destroying their lives. Oh, but wait.. obama supporters live in fantasy land.. So, nevermind...argument is mute.. Lets all not work and drive lambos.. Life is awesome in this dream world.. 🙂

    October 10, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  8. Lisa

    I changed my political party in PA. this year and am voting Romney/ Ryan. News round here is Romney reminds people of Regan. Romneys economic plan is similiar to Regan. Those 40 + remember the hard times during Carter and it it very similar now. Romney wil get us out of this!

    October 10, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  9. TommytheT

    Continue to push the good is not the time to sit back and be content and lazy. Leave that up to Mr Obama, he is good at it as he has been practicing for 4 years. Now is the time to continue to push the message and make sure all get to see both sides of the story. Once they do, it is obvious as it was in the debate, who is a leader and who is a angry dictator.

    October 10, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  10. Cano

    Penn voters, reminder:

    Romney has said that he would nominate for any Supreme Court vacancies candidates who would support overturning Roe v. Wade.

    October 10, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
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