Ed Rendell, the Democratic former governor of Pennsylvania, says former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would win Pennsylvania if the election were held today.
“Romney carries the state, narrowly,” Rendell, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told Politico. “But I think Obama will ultimately win the state, because he’s a terrific campaigner and the Republican Congress has put themselves in a huge box.” (RELATED: Poll: Romney = ‘Mormon’)
Democrats have won the Keystone State in every presidential election since 1988, when George H.W. Bush narrowly defeated then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.
Polling indicates that President Obama may have more trouble carrying the state than his predecessors. According to a Quinnipiac poll released in late September, 51 percent of Pennsylvanians do not believe Obama deserves re-election.
The poll also showed Obama leading Romney 45 percent to 43 percent, within the margin of error, and leading Texas Gov. Rick Perry 46 percent to 40 percent.