Pollsters’ predictions of the 2012 campaigns in Pennsylvania showed conflicting results. Democratic and independent polls showed the Democrats held healthy leads, while Republican polls predicted much closer races. Republicans repeatedly claimed that Democrats were being oversampled, but in the end, their polls proved less accurate.
Get Out The Vote groups are stationed around Temple University’s main campus in Philadelphia
Photos 1 and 2: Outside of the Howard Gittis Student Center, members of Temple Student Government encourage others to vote with signs to remind the student body it is Election Day.
At the center of campus, Mario Rico-Meza works with PennPIRG, a non-partisan democratic advocacy group, to help students find their polling places. Rico-Meza said PennPIRG’s voter registration efforts signed up 3,500 Temple students, but the number of U.S.PIRG registrations reaches 1 million nationwide.
Two days before the election Mitt Romney spoke to thousands of supporters at a rally in Bucks County, P.a in a final attempt to win the state’s 20 electoral college points. If successful, Romney would be the first Republican candidate to win Pennsylvania since 1988.
On The Fix:
Had Sandy delivered the kind of damage to Philadelphia that it left behind in neighboring New York and New Jersey, the presidential game would have been changed. Even if elections officials in hard-hit areas can create accessible and well-staffed polling places, getting beleaguered storm sufferers to vote is a whole other problem.
Thousands of voter booths scheduled to be delivered in Philadelphia were delayed until Wednesday due to Sandy, but local officials say the delay will not cause any problems on election day:
“We have enough time between now and Election Day to get everything done,” City Commission chairwoman Stephanie Singer told the Daily News.
Chart by Philadelphia Daily News.
After a long period of neglect from both presidential candidates, Pennsylvania is seeing increased political television ads. According to a Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College Poll the race is narrowing. Though Obama still holds a powerful lead of 79 percent in Philadelphia, the candidates are in a virtual tie in the suburbs. The Daily News explains Obama’s strategy to keep his narrowing lead in the state seeks the support of women, young Pennsylvanians, and minorities.
Senior Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod is so confident the president will win Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania that he agreed to shave the mustache he’s worn for 40 years if Obama loses any of those three states. Axelrod’s mustache now has its own parody Twitter account.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Standing beneath an 80-foot wide inscription of the Gettysburg Address, rocker Bruce Springsteen told 2,300 Barack Obama supporters packed inside the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Military Museum Saturday that he backed the president because he had spent his own career chronicling the “distance between the American dream and American reality.”
Temple University College Republicans promoted the Romney-Ryan ticket on campus this Wednesday. For the past week, they have displayed their super-size sign at various high-traffic locations on campus.
Because the surrounding North Philadelphia community overwhelmingly supports President Obama’s reelection campaign, this is one of few pro-Romney signs Temple students will likely come across before the election. Yards are dotted blue with Obama-Biden signs in the residential blocks encircling Temple’s main campus.
At Temple University, the College Republicans are far outnumbered by their Democratic counterparts, but the enormity of this sign seems to be helping them effectively spread their message with fewer members.