More blows to Pa swing status

Published by Tim McNulty on .

We've been saying for a while now that Pennsylvania isn't a top tier presidential battleground state this year, and there's more evidence today bearing that out.

Today's First Read from NBC doesn't have Pa in their list of toss-up states. Instead they are:

1. North Carolina
2. Iowa
3. Florida
4. Colorado
5. Virginia
6. Nevada
7. Ohio
8. Wisconsin
9. New Hampshire

Bill Clinton is huge in Pa, and the Obama camp has produced its first ad using the former president, but it's only running in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, N.H., Nevada, N.C., Ohio and Virginia. There is no evidence yet that the Romney team will begin advertising in the state, though things could change after the GOP convention.

Three weeks ago the Quinnipiac/NYT swing state poll surveyed Ohio, Florida and Pa. Today's studies Ohio, Florida and and WisconsinUVa's Larry Sabato moves Wisconsin into toss-up territory today and leaves Pa as Lean Dem.

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