It’s not by chance that Pennsylvania is a key battleground in the race to the White House. Made up of several large cities and numerous small towns, the traditionally industrial US state is renowned for being a microcosm of America as a whole. Recently democrat, both Al Gore and John Kerry had narrow victories here over George Bush. But the Republicans are confident they can spring a surprise. Whatever the case, Pennsylvania remains fundamental to the presidential race.
Terry Madonna, Director of Franklin and Marshall College Poll said: “Pennsylvania was among the top ten states in the country for their closeness in the popular vote and with 21 electoral votes that makes our state a huge prize. Of the competitive states only Florida has more electoral votes and that has put Pennsylvania, along with Florida, right in the hunt right up until the end.”
Since the financial crisis Obama has largely been ahead in Pennsylvania. But, despite all the evidence suggesting an Obama win, Republicans are not conceding defeat, believing that if they are going to turn the democrats over anywhere, it will be here.
And if the people of the state’s second largest city ,Pittsburgh, are anything to go by, it seems anything is still possible.
“I’m an undecided voter right now and I got to tell you that the choices are not good. I am angry with the Republicans and frightened by the Democrats.”
“It’s hard, it’s usually, usually you kind of have a gut feel at this point but I really don’t. So I’ll do some more research and see what I am going to do.”
A ‘swing state’ where republicans and democrats still have everything play for. Whatever happens on November 4 Pennsylvania’s voters are likely to have a big say in who becomes American’s next president.