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Under The Hat: FInally in the Race

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Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney sure took the jumper cables to Pennsylvania politics this week, energizing the Commonwealth with a decision to spend millions here in the final days of the race.

Between the campaign and friendly support groups, the total spending across Pennsylvania could hit six million dollars.

It is also forcing the Obama camp to react: all the President's men (and women) will spend at least two million more dollars to defend turf once thought to be safely theirs.

It's a bold move bolstered by tightening polls.

If Romney could pull the upset here, it would suddenly make it difficult for the President's electoral numbers to reach 270.

Mercyhurst University professor Michael Federici argues that Pennsylvania is more important to the President than Ohio is to Governor Romney.

And no Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio.

It's made for something of a mad scramble for available air time between now and Tuesday night.

The weekend before an election is always chaotic; but this year it's more like chaos on steroids.

So with only five days left, Pennsylvania is not only finally in the race but also a critical piece of the puzzle for both sides.

That's a scenario thought impossible just a few weeks ago.

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