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How to Lose Pennsylvania?

2:52 PM, Nov 2, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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What is it about San Francisco that makes Barack Obama say things that offend Pennsylvania voters? During his infamous San Fran fundraiser back in April, Obama said that folks in Pennsylvania bitterly clung to their guns, religion, and xenophobia because they were economically depressed. Now, Newsbusters digs up an audio recording of Obama telling the San Francisco Gate Chronicle that his environmental policies will "bankrupt" the coal industry:

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

Sounds like a great plan to allay the economic anxieties of "bitter" Keystone State voters.

At the Real Clear Politics blog, Blake Dvorak takes a look at the state of the race in Pennsylvania. The RCP average of polls shows McCain down by 7 points in the state, with Rasmussen and Mason-Dixon polls showing McCain trailing by just 4 points. (The Mason-Dixon poll is particularly good news for McCain, as it shows Obama leading 47 percent to 44 percent, while in every other recent poll, including Rasmussen, Obama gets more than 50 percent.)