Heading into the closing two days of the
Polls showing the race closing in Pennsylvania in the final haul have changed the narrative around the state's importance ahead of Election Day. Where once polls showed Obama secure, with leads of anywhere from 7 to 10 points, now he's ahead just 49 percent to 46 percent in a Democratic-leaning state.
For the first time, likely voters' view of Romney is more positive than negative with 47 percent favorable to 45 percent unfavorable. Obama's ratings have been slightly more positive since early September and he now is viewed favorably 48 percent to unfavorably 47 percent, according to the results released Sunday morning.
To underscore the new focus on Pennsylvania, vice presidential candidate
This week, the
Still, in Pennsylvania, it's a climb for Romney to move those final points, says
"When you see poll results like ours you see it's a very competitive race in Pennsylvania," Borick said. "With the polls showing Obama with a 3-6 point lead, the question remains what is the Republican recipe to erase that? even though it's on the low end that's still a challenge of hundreds of thousands of votes that Romney has to find. Can that combination emerge from better than expected performance in the Philly burbs? Possible, but not probable"
Turnout for the Republican candidate in those collar counties coupled with low turnout for Obama in populous
On a Sunday morning news show, Obama's senior adviser, David Plouffe, called Romney's last minute play in Pennsylvania a "desperate ploy."
“I mean, to win Pennsylvania, Governor Romney would have to win two-thirds of the independents,” Plouffe said on
Meanwhile, Democrat U.S. Sen.