Pollster Jim Lee of Susquehanna Research, a Pennsylvania-based firm that frequently polls for the state's Republican Party, said on a conference all with reporters held last week but posted Friday that Democratic attacks on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's record as CEO of Bain Captial have made a big difference in his state.
"I think the Bain Capital ads that the president’s run and that his super PACs have run have stopped some of Mitt Romney’s growth in the Western part of the state, with working class voters and our polling is showing that the race is tighter out there in Southwestern PA with these blue-collar Reagan democrats that have been paying attention to the ads and the race is more competitive there for the president than it would normally be if you look at the McCain numbers from four years ago," Lee said, as reported by Politico. "So that’s an area of the state where I would say the president’s message that he better understands the middle class is resonating and represents a potential problem for Mitt Romney."
President Obama leads the race in Pennsylvania by 7.8 percent in the PollTracker Average of all public polling, as Romney visited the state on Friday.
Pennsylvania Democrats posted audio from the call: