A new poll is consistent with political conventional wisdom: Of all the so-called swing states, Pennsylvania is safest for Barack Obama.
The Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday shows Obama leading Mitt Romney among Pennsylvania voters 50 percent to 42 percent. It's the second recent poll to show Obama with a strong hold on Pennsylvania.
While Obama would face a difficult road to re-election without a Pennsylvania win, Romney has other states he needs to focus his attention on like Ohio and Virginia in order to take the White House. That's why the Obama campaign is airing TV ads in Pennsylvania and the Romney campaign, so far, is not.
“Our polling for most of last year suggested Pennsylvania could be very competitive in 2012,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But Barack Obama’s now looking more like the clear favorite to win the state again by a healthy margin as he did in 2008.”
PPP matched Romney with well-known Pennsylvania GOP politicians to test if having their name on the ticket would improve Romney's chances in the state. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who has been floated as a potential vice president pick, would actually expand Obama's lead by one-point, 49 percent to 40 percent, according to the poll results.
The only state Republican to make the race more competitive would be former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. With him on the ticket, Obama/Biden is up 48 percent to Romney/Ridge's 43 percent.Copyright © 2015, CT Now