WAYNE, Pa. – President Obama may have a solid lead in Pennsylvania, and neither presidential campaigns is airing television advertisements in the state, but Mitt Romney thinks he could win it in November.
“On Nov. 6, I’m going to win Pennsylvania, and I’m going to become the next president of the United States,” Romney said to a couple of hundred donors at a fundraiser Friday morning in Philadelphia.
In Pennsylvania, Obama holds an 8-percentage point lead in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls. In 2008, when both Obama and Republican nominee John McCain contested the state, Obama won 54 percent to 44 percent.
Romney, in his fundraiser remarks Friday, acknowledged the odds are against him here. Yet he sounded bullish nonetheless.
“You know, we really would shock people if early in the evening on Nov. 6 it looked like Pennsylvania was going to come our way and actually did come our way,” Romney said. “That could happen. That could happen.”
Following his breakfast fundraiser, Romney was scheduled to hold a rally on the Wayne campus of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, which is in Delaware County, a key swing area in the Philadelphia suburbs. It was his first campaign appearance in Pennsylvania since July.
As Romney’s motorcade left his fundraiser at the Union League Club in downtown Philadelphia, several dozen protesters were singing, “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, good bye!”