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Host: Scott LaMar
With less than one month to go, Pennsylvania is back in play! Thanks to a lackluster debate preformance by President Barack Obama, polls show undecided voters in Pennsylvania and elsewhere around the country give Republican Mitt Romney a closer look in his bid to oust Obama from office. And, hard as it is to believe, the mighty Sen. Bob Casey Jr. faces a growing challenge from Republican farmer-turned-coal-company-magnate Tom Smith of Armstrong County. It's All Things Political this week on Smart Talk, tonight at 8, on witf TV. Join the conversation and let us know your thoughts on Election 2012. Call in live tonight to 1-800-729-7532, email firstname.lastname@example.org, post a comment here or to Facebook, or send us a Tweet.
The Obama and Romney teams still aren't pouring money into TV ads here, nor are the main candidates touching down. But, surrogates like the wife of Vice President Joe Biden and Romney's wife Ann criss-cross the state to drum up support and raise money. Polls show a narrower lead for Pres. Obama in the Keystone State after the first presidential debate. For Bob Casey, his double-digit (at one time, 18 percentage points) lead has eroded and Tom Smith now trails by a respectable single-digit margin. Smith is largely self-funding his campaign and predicted it would be a $20 million race. His blistering anti-Casey ads are ubiquitous on the airwaves. (When I asked Smith last week how much he would personally pour into the campaign, he wouldn't answer directly but told me, "That's up to Mrs. Smith.") Casey now is returning fire but there are fears his fundraising will not be able to keep pace.
We have invited Robert Vickers, politics writer for The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Berwood Yost, director of the Floyd Institute for Public Policy at Franklin & Marshall College, Laura Olson, Harrisburg bureau chief for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Keegan Gibson, managing editor of Politicspa.com, to analyze the races for us. Share your comments and questions with them as we prepare for Election 2012.
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