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If John McCain's strategy on the ground in Pennsylvania worked, why didn't he win the state? The Political Wire reports that it's possible the Obama campaign tricked McCain into wasting his limited resources in a state that was never actually in play.

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Real Clear Politics has Barack Obama leading in Pennsylvania by an average of 11 points, so why is John McCain betting on an upset there, of all swing states? It seems that Gov. Ed Rendell is among the Democrats who are nervous: He has asked the Obama campaign to send its big guns back to the Keystone State.

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The Washington Post's Dana Milbank found many former Hillary Clinton supporters in Pennsylvania who had a hard time switching to Barack Obama -- until Sarah Palin joined the Republican ticket. One Gail Silverberg captures the sentiment: "Hockey moms and lipstick on a pig and six-packs? I don't want that stuff."

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No doubt aware of his need to snap into clearer focus as a candidate after months of relatively hazy public performances, Barack Obama issued a sharp critique of rival Hillary Clinton following Tuesday night's Democratic debate in Philadelphia.

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