Final week: Biden to Pennsylvania, Romney (maybe) to Minnesota?
posted at 7:52 pm on October 28, 2012 by Allahpundit
Quite a tidbit tucked away at the end of this AP story about the Frankenstorm:
A senior Republican official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to disclose private deliberations, said Sunday that the Romney team was seriously discussing sending Romney, Ryan or both to Minnesota during the final week. The state hasn’t gone Republican in the presidential race since 1972, but recent polling shows a tighter race there than most anticipated.
In a flashback to the 2008 race, Obama’s campaign announced that Biden will campaign Thursday in Pennsylvania, reprising a visit to his hometown of Scranton that he made during the final week four years ago. Pennsylvania, too, has been Democratic territory in recent years, but Romney has continued to contest the state with an advertising assist from the Republican Party.
Despite today’s tantalizing Strib poll, I assume a Romney/Ryan visit to Minnesota would be aimed mainly at getting out the vote in western Wisconsin. (And giving the Democratic base heart palpitations, natch.) Not sure what to make of Biden’s Pennsylvania visit, though. As noted in the article, he did this four years ago too and the outcome in PA wasn’t in doubt then, so maybe we shouldn’t read too much into it. On the other hand, the outcome nationally in 2008 wasn’t in doubt in the final week either, so they could afford to send Biden home for a victory lap. Not so this year. Would they dare waste precious hours that could be better spent in Ohio, Wisconsin, or Iowa by sending him to a state they thought they had in the bag? Or is this a variation of Romney’s Minnesota strategy — i.e., he’ll be in western Pennsylvania but he’s really aiming at southeastern Ohio? Of the nine polls taken in the state in the past 20 days, Romney’s been closer than four points in just one of them. Hmmm.
Update: I read “Scranton” in the story but for some reason I thought Biden was headed to Pittsburgh. Forget the theory about southeastern Ohio, then. Either they’re giving him a free afternoon to go home for a day — during crunch time of the campaign — or Team O really does feel the need to shore up this state a bit. Wow.