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« Reply #175 on: October 12, 2011, 09:43:17 am »
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And this is probably why Welch is announcing soon: his likely top rival announced today - http://www.politicspa.com/tim-burns-announces-for-senate/28619/
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« Reply #176 on: October 12, 2011, 09:58:49 am »
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Well, if Burns is considered a top-class recruit - Casey can sleep good and without any serious nerve problems...
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« Reply #177 on: October 13, 2011, 10:45:40 am »
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Welch joins the race, addressing his recent party switch right off the bat - http://www.politico.com/blogs/davidcatanese/1011/Casey_rival_heads_off_Democrat_problem.html?showall#


Interesting tidbit from the article: Sam Rohrer is apparently expected to announce that he's running very soon even though I've heard from people close to Rohrer that he probably wasn't going to run.


Announced candidates so far:

Tim Burns
Steve Welch
Tom Smith
John Vernon
Marc Scaringi
David Christian
John Kesinger
Laureen Cummings

Burns and Welch start out as frontrunners in the primary with Smith as the dark horse. If Rohrer does get in, he'll be a favorite (possibly the favorite) thanks to his last statewide run and very dedicated following. Other than Rohrer, I don't see anyone else possibly getting in at this point.
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« Reply #178 on: November 04, 2011, 09:50:53 pm »
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Sam Rohrer strongly hinted today that he is running. A well placed source that I know said he's doing it.
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« Reply #179 on: November 16, 2011, 03:45:08 pm »
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Rohrer is officially getting in on Monday. His website is already up. He becomes the frontrunner but the real winner here is Welch as people like Burns, Smith, Scaringi and Vernon (not to mention a few others) split up Rohrer's vote.
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« Reply #180 on: November 22, 2011, 10:19:04 am »
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A day after Rohrer's official announcement and he's already leading in a poll. PPP has him at 25% and Tim Burns is at 15% (surprisingly high). The rest of the field:

Tom Smith - 3%
Laureen Cummings - 2%
Steve Welch - 1%
John Vernon - 1%
Scraningi - 0%


51% are undecided or supporting "someone else."
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« Reply #181 on: November 22, 2011, 11:51:38 am »
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Name recognition poll.

I think this race is probably Welch's to lose. He should go up on air asap.
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« Reply #182 on: November 22, 2011, 02:35:10 pm »
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Name recognition poll.

Of course but Rohrer really does have a very dedicated, sizable following. Despite being the candidate in the PA 12 Special and the General, Burns should not have name recognition that high so I think he ought to be the happiest with this.

This race becomes Welch's to lose if lesser candidates like Vernon, Smith, Scaringi and Christian (who was either not mentioned in the poll or registered worse than Scaringi) really pick up steam. That will split the true believer conservative vote. It won't be that easy for Welch though since I believe quite a few of these candidates will be out of the running by early next year.
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« Reply #183 on: November 28, 2011, 10:59:12 am »
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This is the stuff that will make Welch a player in the primary - parody video of Obama and Casey - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoF3-UemPWQ

I'm sure this will have gone viral within PA GOP political circles by the end of the day.
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« Reply #184 on: November 28, 2011, 11:07:01 am »
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I gotta admit, this is a really funny and great commercial.
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« Reply #185 on: November 28, 2011, 11:16:06 am »
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I gotta admit, this is a really funny and great commercial.
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« Reply #186 on: November 28, 2011, 01:54:26 pm »
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It'll probably be Rohrer.

Fun fact: I saw a ton of signs supporting him in a write-in campaign for Governor last year. Mostly Amish people.
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« Reply #187 on: November 28, 2011, 02:00:39 pm »
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Fun fact: I saw a ton of signs supporting him in a write-in campaign for Governor last year. Mostly Amish people.

Many of his fans are very dedicated. If Burns and Smith don't emerge as strong candidates, he'll get the nomination. Otherwise, the three risk splitting up the same vote and Welch has a real shot at this.
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« Reply #188 on: November 28, 2011, 06:10:22 pm »
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These are actually some good numbers for us - http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2011/11/casey-continues-to-lead.html
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« Reply #189 on: November 28, 2011, 06:16:44 pm »
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The article put out an interesting possibility: Is there any chance of Santorum running for Senate after he drops out of the presidential race?
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« Reply #190 on: November 29, 2011, 12:23:20 am »
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The article put out an interesting possibility: Is there any chance of Santorum running for Senate after he drops out of the presidential race?

It has been mentioned before but Santorum is now registered to vote in Virginia, I believe.
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« Reply #191 on: November 29, 2011, 10:47:18 am »
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Looks like we don't have enough candidates in the GOP primary and a big name might be getting in: State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is considering a bid - http://www.politicspa.com/exclusive-pileggi-considering-u-s-senate-bid/29755/


Definitely surprising. He'd have all kinds of establishment support and would be a fundraising powerhouse. This could also seriously hurt Welch.
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« Reply #192 on: November 29, 2011, 02:22:07 pm »
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This is the stuff that will make Welch a player in the primary - parody video of Obama and Casey - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoF3-UemPWQ

I'm sure this will have gone viral within PA GOP political circles by the end of the day.


...and now Casey is "unlikely" to appear with Obama at an event in his hometown - http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1111/keeping_a_distance_18419369-48a3-42e3-be18-08819a646320.html
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« Reply #193 on: November 30, 2011, 01:48:25 pm »
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I guess it can be mentioned here: PPP also polled ratings for Toomey. He's at 35% approval with 33% disapproving. 32% are undecided. Corbett's ratings at upside down: 37% approving and 43% disapproving.
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« Reply #194 on: November 30, 2011, 02:13:21 pm »
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This is the stuff that will make Welch a player in the primary - parody video of Obama and Casey - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoF3-UemPWQ

I'm sure this will have gone viral within PA GOP political circles by the end of the day.

That's so 2010.
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« Reply #195 on: December 02, 2011, 12:29:06 pm »
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Insiders are calling Pileggi's possible entrance a "game changer" in the primary and I agree. This would seriously hurt Welch but he's vowing to stay in the race - http://www.politicspa.com/?p=29847

Reading the article, the amount of praise being showered on Pileggi by the state GOP's big players makes it seem like he's definitely doing this.
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« Reply #196 on: December 05, 2011, 10:08:45 am »
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Pileggi is announcing today that he will not run. Strange timing. I figured he'd allow his potential candidacy to be part of the buzz at this weekend's Pennsylvania Society.
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« Reply #197 on: December 05, 2011, 09:36:57 pm »
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Maybe it's possible he does not have an overinflated ego.
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« Reply #198 on: December 13, 2011, 09:14:31 am »
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John Vernon, one of the middle tier candidates, has dropped out. He will be endorsing a candidate in the coming weeks.
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« Reply #199 on: December 27, 2011, 11:29:53 am »
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Phil might find this interesting (or not, since it is an internal):

http://www.politicspa.com/smith-internal-poll-smith-leads-senate-primary/30352/
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