President Obama leads in Pennsylvania by 4 points, 49 percent to Republican candidate Mitt Romney's 45 percent, according to a new poll released Wednesday from in-state institution Franklin & Marshall College. That tightened from the 9-point advantage Obama had in its previous poll, conducted a little more than a month ago. From the Scrantion, Pa. Times-Tribune:
G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., the F&M poll director, said the first debate clearly helped raise Mr. Romney's standing in the eyes of Pennsylvania voters while the second and third debates helped Mr. Obama slow his challenger's momentum.
The tightening Pennsylvania polls also gave the Romney campaign and Restore Our Future, a super political action committee that backs him, a reason to begin advertising this week on television in Pennsylvania for the first time, Dr. Madonna said. The Obama campaign has responded in kind.
"But it's a tough sled, it's not going to be easy," Dr. Madonna said.
The president leads the overall PollTracker Average of Pennslyvania.