By Justin Sink
The positive signs for Democrats bled over into the state's Senate election. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) doubles the support earned by GOP nominee Tom Smith, leading 42 percent to 21. Casey isn't particularly well-known in the state, but Smith is a fairly conservative candidate and national Republicans have not made the race a priority.
The Romney campaign has said it hopes to challenge Obama in the state, seeing opportunity among suburban voters outside Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. But Pennsylvania's economy is stronger than that of many areas of the country, making the sale an uphill climb for Republicans.