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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012

#5in5 by the numbers so far

The clubhouse at the Venango Valley Golf Course in Venango, Pa. (Ed O'Keefe)
MERCER, Pa. — #5in5 crosses the Pennsylvania-Ohio border later today, but not before stops in the Keystone State’s 3rd Congressional District to speak with Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and his Democratic challenger Missa Eaton.

Voters elected Kelly to office in 2010 as part of a national Republican wave after the the long-time auto dealer capitalized on his frustrations with the Obama administration’s auto bailout policy. Two years later and Kelly still isn’t impressed with the Obama administration.

Eaton admits that she faces long odds against Kelly — getting recognized and raising money are particularly daunting struggles — but she strongly believes that her district deserves better representation.

We’ll hear from the candidates later today, but first a quick review of #5in5 by the numbers so far:

Miles traveled as of Monday night: 463 miles by plane and automobile.

Places visited: University of Pittsburgh; Wexford, Pa.; Mt. Lebanon, Pa.; Venango, Pa.; Mercer, Pa.

Gas price: $3.85 for a gallon of regular (at the Exxon by the University of Pittsburgh).

Where have I eaten?: Panera Bread at the University of Pittsburgh for breakfast; snacks on the road and dinner at the Venango Valley Country Club in Venango, Pa.

In case you missed it Monday: Make sure to read our interview with Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.), our conversation with Republican congressional candidate Keith Rothfus, a look at congressional ads airing in the Pittsburgh television market and some photos from day one.

Where am I going Tuesday?: Stops in Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District, starting the day in Mercer, Pa., and ending tonight in Canton, Ohio, in the Buckeye State’s 7th Congressional District.

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