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GOP worker remains optimistic

Jeff Gammage reports:

GOP worker remains optimistic

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Jeff Gammage reports:

2 p.m.

GOP worker Fred Kelly was helping voters find their way to the polls in Conshohocken, but his mind was two states away, in Indiana.

Polls show that the reliably Republican Hoosier State, which hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, has become a too-close-to-call toss-up. If McCain can carry Indiana, Kelly said, he’ll be able to make a fight of the election. If he doesn’t, it could well be a long night for the GOP.

Kelly had no doubt that McCain would win Pennsylvania, seeing the steady, record-pace turnout in places like Conshohocken as a good sign. About 800 people are registered to vote at the Conshohocken Municipal Building, and by noon about 300 had already cast ballots.

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