Dems Launch Statewide Canvass in PA

Democrats are gathering across Pennsylvania Saturday to canvass for the party's statewide judicial candidates and nominees in municipal races, one of the first visible steps in cranking up the machinery to try to win the state for President Obama in  2012.

"It's a full-court press," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said in an interview. "I'm confident for the next 13 months because we're doing the legwork and organization to win."

Wasserman Schultz is scheduled to be at a canvass in the city of Chester at 10:15 a.m., at the Fine Arts Center East, 17 E. 7th St. It's one of 50 "Day of Action" events Democrats are holding around the state Saturday.

The push comes after several recent polls showing President Obama with slumping approval ratings and trailing a generic Republican candidate. He runs better against (usually within the margin of error) against GOP candidates currently seeking the party's nomination.

In any case, it's early. "I keep hearing about an 'enthusiasm gap' and then I get to a place and don't detect any of it," Wasserman Schultz said. "People understand what's at stake.

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