New PA GOP poll has Romney one point away from Obama

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Published on: September 20, 2012

A new internal poll by the Pennsylvania Republican Party claims the GOP nominee Mitt

Mitt Romney 2012Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Romney now trails President Barack Obama by a single point.

The poll, conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, finds Obama drawing 48 percent of Pennsylvanians, while Romney garners 47 percent.

The results will help state party leaders convince Romney campaign officials to ratchet up their efforts in the state and buy vital television ad time. The campaign has not been on the air in Pennsylvania since April.

Though rare for party officials to discuss internal polls publicly, state GOP Chairman Rob Gleason is so excited by the turnaround that he’s conducting a news conference Thursday morning to trumpet the poll’s findings.

In a just completed conference call with county chairs and other prominent Pennsylvania party figures, Gleason could not contain his enthusiasm.

“Gleason was obviously pumped up,” said a GOP official on the call who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The people who asked questions were excited. There no naysayers. It was all positive.”

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