Pennsylvania political patriarch Terry Madonna had a interesting thought last week that Barack Obama might be able to pull off an unexpectedly strong performance in the Keystone State by using Gov. Ed Rendell‘s strategy from the 2002 gubernatorial primary. Madonna and Michael Young identified three key points:
- Run up huge margins of victory in suburban Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
- Top off the suburban victories but strong performances in the Lehigh Valley and in the south.
- Lure Republicans across party lines.
It’s been widely reported that the Obama camp is executing on the third point of recruiting Republicans, and now Nick Beaudrot has a fascinating map detailing exactly where those New Blues are located. It looks like most of the new registrations are in the same counties that Madonna and Young suggested should Obama target.
Pennsylvania New Democratic Registration (Cogitamusblog)