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Update From The Field: Pennsylvania
By Alejandra Owens, November 3, 2008 02:45 PM
Our state President, Stella Hyde says that over the last year, our volunteers and members have collected over 30,000 Divided We Fail pledge cards from Pennsylvanians who believe that all Americans should have access to healthcare and lifetime financial security. Our members across the state realize the growing importance of the older voter. She believes quite strongly that older voters in PA are informed and ready to make their decision on Election Day.
Why PA is so interesting to watch this cycle:
- The dramatic increase in registration numbers for Democrats, especially in the SE corner of the state, make the area a place to watch, not only on the national level but how it translates into votes on down-ticket races
- Early election polls are favoring Obama to gain 21electorial votes in Pennsylvania, while Republicans have placed a great deal of importance on Pennsylvania in the Presidential race. Since the end of the GOP Convention, McCain has made 17 campaign stops throughout the commonwealth, including one today (Monday) in Pittsburgh. Running mate Palin, has made 23 campaign visits, including last Friday's stops in Latrobe and York.
- This year we are anticipating weather to play a large role in a massive voter turnout with weather forecast predicting highs in the 60s forecast from for most of the state from Erie to Philadelphia.