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Corbett & Toomey say Romney alive and kicking in PA

Hearing the drum-beat of retreat stories in Pennsylvania, the Republican Party this afternoon insisted that Mitt Romney can win the state in the Nov. 6 general election, securing our 20 votes in the Electoral College. Gov. Corbett and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey took turns pushing the Romney campaign mantra: Are you better off today than you were four years ago.

Corbett & Toomey say Romney alive and kicking in PA

Hearing the drum-beat of retreat stories in Pennsylvania, the Republican Party this afternoon insisted that Mitt Romney can win the state in the Nov. 6 general election, securing our 20 votes in the Electoral College.  Gov. Corbett and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey took turns pushing the Romney campaign mantra: Are you better off today than you were four years ago.

“They are running a deeply local and targeted effort, focusing on voter groups that will make the difference on Election Day.," said Corbett, adding that the lack of televised campaign commercials from Romney and his political allies in Pennsylvania is not a problem.

Toomey said he sees plenty of enthusiasm when he visits GOP "victory centers" across the state.  He compared this year's election with 2010, when he and Corbett were elected. 

One problem there: President Obama consistently leads Romney in polling in Pennsylvania, as Corbett and Toomey did with their opponents at this point in the 2010 election cycle.

Corbett and Toomey dismissed outside polls, saying internal polling by campaigns is more reliable. 

"I believe this race is much closer," Corbett said. "Some internal polls make be believe that."

Rob Gleason, chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, emailed a news release to reporters this morning about the state's "continued competitiveness in the 2012 presidential election."  Gleason claimed Romney has "tremendous support on the grassroots level" and "is poised to deliver a big upset in the Keystone State."

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