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Emanuel: Tightening of Pa. race to be expected
Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2012 | David Eldridge

Posted on 11/04/2012 8:27:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday dismissed the idea that President Obama is vulnerable in Pennsylvania, where polls have tightened ahead of Tuesday's election.

The mayor, a former White House chief of staff who is one of the president's most outspoken advocates, said the Obama campaign is confident in Pennsylvania despite the narrowing lead.

"I think Pennsylvania is secure, but you don't take anything for granted," Mr. Emanuel said on CNN's "State of the Union."

The Obama campaign is sending former President Bill Clinton to campaign in Pennsylvania on Monday, but Mr. Emmanuel played down that move as well.

"That doesn't mean that it's slipping. It just means that's the natural tiding of a race," he said. "There are going to be a lot of people going back to Ohio in the (final) 96 hours, multiple times."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; electoralcollege; jobs; romneyryan
Trib poll shows presidential race in Pennsylvania remains too close to call ".....The poll showed the race for Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes locked up at 47 percent in its final week. Romney was scheduled to campaign in the Philadelphia area on Sunday, and former President Bill Clinton planned to stump for Obama on Monday. The campaigns have begun to saturate the airwaves with millions of dollars in presidential advertising.

“They’re both in here because of exactly what you’re seeing” in this poll, said Jim Lee, president of Susquehanna Polling & Research, which surveyed 800 likely voters Oct. 29-31. Most of the interviews occurred after Hurricane Sandy inundated Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. The poll’s error margin is 3.46 percentage points.

Nearly 60 percent of people say the country is on the wrong track, and economic concerns continue to dominate. Almost half of likely voters say economic issues are the primary driver of their choice for president.

“I’m concerned about all the young people graduating from college, whether they’re finding jobs,” said Pauline Hoxie, 84, a Republican from Jersey Shore in Lycoming County. Her grandson graduated with a degree in graphic design but works a manual labor job because he can’t find openings in his field, she said.

Democrats shrugged off the Romney campaign’s late play for Pennsylvania, sending emails to supporters and journalists showing past Republican presidential candidates doing the same thing. Pennsylvania hasn’t given its electoral votes to the Republican candidate since 1988......"

1 posted on 11/04/2012 8:27:33 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Both Rahm and axelrod are already in heavy spin mode. Good practice for Tuesday night and Wednesday.


2 posted on 11/04/2012 8:30:15 AM PST by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

On Wednesday, Nov 7th, emanuel will eat his words.


3 posted on 11/04/2012 8:31:37 AM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
What is that ballerina doing on national TV?

He needs to be spending Saturday nights patrolling the South Side.

4 posted on 11/04/2012 8:33:08 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Think ‘ARLEN SPECTER’.........


5 posted on 11/04/2012 8:33:45 AM PST by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Think ‘ARLEN SPECTER’.........


6 posted on 11/04/2012 8:34:11 AM PST by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: catfish1957

“Both Rahm and axelrod are already in heavy spin mode. Good practice for Tuesday night and Wednesday.”

Rahm already has his gig. Axelrod has been auditioning for MSNBC for the last 6 months. If not that he has bee interviewing lawyers.


7 posted on 11/04/2012 8:35:08 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Media goes nuts in 2004 because Bush went to the dentist 20 years ago. Benghazi? Nothing.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Who does’t think Rahm has 1 term too


8 posted on 11/04/2012 8:38:59 AM PST by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s tightened in Obama’s favor. This polling outfit 2 weeks ago had Romney up 49-45, now he’s tied 47-47. The momentum is with Obama in PA. Romney shouldn’t be wasting time campaigning here. He’s not going to break a 20 year trend and pull this one out, especially when he’s in the process of losing momentum.


9 posted on 11/04/2012 8:39:09 AM PST by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: scooby321

Rahm is there for life or until the machine sends him to prison.


10 posted on 11/04/2012 8:41:45 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Media goes nuts in 2004 because Bush went to the dentist 20 years ago. Benghazi? Nothing.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Michael Barone predicted Romney to win 315 electoral votes and that includes PA.

No one, and I mean no one knows elections politics like Barone.

11 posted on 11/04/2012 8:41:45 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; mickie; flaglady47; Chigirl 26; seekthetruth; seenenuf
All the phrases yesterday and today in the Dem spin (such as "tightening of PA race to be expected") are historically signs of a dead-in-the-water campaign.

The same hopeful but actually hopeless noises were coming out of the McCain campaign days before the 2008 election.

Contrast all the equivocating, tentative Democrat statements with the positive and jubilant statements coming from the Romney campaign.....the sweet smell of success is in the air!

Hoo-Yah!

Leni

12 posted on 11/04/2012 8:45:09 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: mware

I heard Barone make that prediction. Do you know how his track record is on past presidential elections?


13 posted on 11/04/2012 8:47:31 AM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: JediJones

Susquehanna - a highly respected PA pollster has already called the state for Romney.

Watch the crowd size in Bucks today - it’ll be a good measure of enthusiasm for Romney.

Philly has so far checked a GOP presidential win but PA has been trending Red for 20 years. At some point the right GOP presidential candidate will win the state.

That candidate may well be Williard Mitt Romney!


14 posted on 11/04/2012 8:48:13 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: JediJones
Romney will not retake the lead or reverse BamBam's so-called "momentum" by giving up on PA. Besides, Mitt isn't in this to squander money. The campaign's internals, I would think, indicate that PA is in play or they wouldn't be hitting the airwaves with 10's of millions of $.

This is the time to go b*lls to the wall & it sure as heck isn't the time to go all wobbly

15 posted on 11/04/2012 8:50:17 AM PST by sofaman (An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“There are going to be a lot of people going back to Ohio in the (final) 96 hours, multiple times.”

To vote, perhaps?


16 posted on 11/04/2012 8:51:16 AM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: EQAndyBuzz; mickie; flaglady47; Chigirl 26; prairiebreeze; Bushbacker1; magnum force 1; ...
"Rahm is there for life....."

A qualified and attractive black candidate will challenge Rahm in the next Democrat primary.....my prediction.

If Romney wins and his sponsor, Obama, is gone, Emanuel will find all federal avenues of support and porkulus for the City will be gone with the wind....and there's a lot of wind in the Windy City,

Leni

17 posted on 11/04/2012 8:52:22 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: bushwon
I beleived he nailed 2010 election.

I got a chance to meet him quite a few years ago.

I was standing in line waiting for him to sign one of his books, and he asked every person what state and county they were from.

He then regaled us with how the voting went in them.

When I got to him, he asked my what state I was from, I told him NJ, he asked what county, I told him Atlanti.

He smiled at me and said, "You folks got lots of work to do."

18 posted on 11/04/2012 8:56:27 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: JediJones

I think you are wrong about PA this time. There are a lot of things none of these polls have taken into account that are overwhelmingly in Romney’s favor, not the least of which are votes from PA Jews all over the world who would usuallyhave voted democrat. Not this year. Not for obama. Plus you have the miners union for Romney thanks to obama’s war on coal and epa overreaches with landowners and farmers here.


19 posted on 11/04/2012 8:57:07 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: goldstategop

If we can’t flip PA from Philly this time, then Pennsylvania has stopped being a swing state.

I’ve never seen enthusiasm for a Republican candidate around here since 2000 (I’m rather young), and I really think we can pull this off.


20 posted on 11/04/2012 9:00:13 AM PST by Shadow44
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To: JediJones

The last Tribune-Review/Susquehanna poll had Obama at +2. If you look at Realclearpolitics.com, you’ll see that ALL of the Pennsylvania polls show the race moving in Romney’s direction.


21 posted on 11/04/2012 9:01:56 AM PST by RedMominBlueState
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why anyone would listen to what he has to say is beyond me. He can’t even run his own city effectively.


22 posted on 11/04/2012 10:01:11 AM PST by mancini
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Emanuel....
Record-setting number of Chicago murders to be expected.


23 posted on 11/04/2012 10:53:37 AM PST by rod1 (CTLY)
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24 posted on 11/04/2012 11:01:19 AM PST by randita
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To: mware

Thank you. John Fund also is predicting a landslide.


25 posted on 11/04/2012 2:48:49 PM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: RedMominBlueState
The last Tribune-Review/Susquehanna poll had Obama at +2.

Not true. Romney was +4 in that mid-October Susquehanna PA poll and it made big news here and on Drudge at the time. This new Susquehanna poll that's tied reflects the same tightening of the race and decline in Romney's numbers that we're seeing in the national polls, particularly Gallup. The previous poll:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/poll-shows-romney-leading-in-blue-pennsylvania/article/2511153

26 posted on 11/05/2012 12:25:38 PM PST by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: RedMominBlueState

You may be referring to an even older poll by Susquehanna. The mid-October one was done by the same polling firm, but not for the Trib.


27 posted on 11/05/2012 12:27:11 PM PST by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: JediJones

Did you go to the Real Clear Politics presidential page for Pennsylvania? The ONLY time in 2012 that Romney was up over Obama was February. I rechecked before posting. You should go take a look.....


28 posted on 11/06/2012 12:50:06 PM PST by RedMominBlueState
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