Pennsylvania Back in the Spotlight
Two years of campaigning for president are over. Americans have gone to the polls to cast their votes.
For months, the candidates focused their attention on places including Ohio, Florida and Virginia. Then, Pennsylvania suddenly mattered.
Millions of dollars in advertising, campaign appearances and more were spent, all to get your vote.
“The people of America understand, we’re taking back the white house because we’re going to win Pennsylvania,” said Mitt Romney.
Romney rallied in front of around 30,000 Republican supporters in Bucks County last night.
“Hey Pennsylvania, you’re going to help us with this election” said Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate.
Ryan made a stop in the Harrisburg area on Saturday.
The Romney-Ryan campaign put Pennsylvania into play at the end of last week, and Obama-Biden followed.
It was noticed by all of the campaign ads.
“It’s an honor to be your president and I’m asking for your vote,” said President Obama.
The president and his supporters started buying ads in the Keystone State to respond to big spending by Romney and his supporters on television and radio spots. Millions of dollars were spent days before the election.
“I’m going to make sure we get people off food stamps not by cutting the program, but by getting them good jobs,” reported Romney.
There’s a big reason the keystone state was getting attention, the polls.
Back in September, polls showed Obama with a 10 percent lead over Romney in Pennsylvania.
In October it was still a big lead, Obama was up eight percent over Romney.
Then came the debates, and the race quickly tightened. Polls put Obama with a lead of around three percent.
A poll for a Pittsburgh newspaper even put the Obama Romney race at a tie there.
So Pennsylvanians saw attention they got used to in presidential elections.
“You have to re-elect president Obama,” said Former president, Bill Clinton.
Clinton made a swing through the state campaigning for Barack Obama. Scranton High School held his rally on Monday, November 5.
And former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, actor Jon Voight and others, made stops in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton to drum up support for Romney.
“Everything you see going on in New York, the lack of water, the lack of gasoline, the lack of generators could be cured by a president who paid attention and just wasn’t looking for a campaign photo op,” said Giuliani, a Romney supporter.