President Obama, already ahead in Pennsylvania, received a small bump from the Democratic National Convention and now leads Mitt Romney in the state by 11 points, according to the Inquirer Pennsylvania Poll.
But with eight weeks left before the Nov. 6 election, with debates yet to be held, and with foreign affairs suddenly atop the national agenda, it’s early to concede the state to Obama, a bipartisan team of Inquirer pollsters said.
“I’m not 100 percent prepared to say Pennsylvania is not in play,” said Adam Geller, of National Research Inc., a Republican firm.
Jeffrey Plaut, of Global Research Strategies, Geller’s Democratic partner in the Inquirer poll, put it this way: “Is Pennsylvania done? Put a fork in it? I would say not yet.”
The Romney camp clearly has signaled doubts about Pennsylvania by slashing TV ads and candidate appearances. Obama, too, has cut back, and the state lags behind Ohio, Florida, and other swing states as targets for the most intensive campaigning.
Fair enough… it’s not over yet.
But Obama had better win Pennsylvania, and fairly easily. If he doesn’t, which would mean he also doesn’t win much tighter battleground states like Ohio and Florida, it’ll be President Romney as of next January.