It's all about Philly.
As reports of high turnout pour in from across the state, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady -- the chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party and the man pulling the levers of what's left of the city machine -- said this afternoon that Philly voting is on pace to exceed the 41 percent turnout in 2006. This, obviously, would be good news for Democrats, as the 2006 returns show:
That year, Sen. Bob Casey pulled in 357,057 votes in the city, to Rick Santorum's 67,452, and Gov. Ed Rendell reeled in 383,339 votes to Lynn Swann's 45,502. If either of the Dems' statewide candidates can bring in more than a 300,000-vote cushion out of Philadelphia, that is going to be tough to make up in the rest of the state.
"Our Democrats will come out and help pick up the rest of the state," Brady said in a phone interview.