From Scott Crass at The Moderate Voice:
Geographically, the state that most fascinates me at the Presidential level is Pennsylvania. With four sundry regions both culturally and politically, the Keystone State is as different as Northern and Southern California. But it still contains 20 electoral votes that matter.
At the national level, Pennsylvania has been faithfully Democrat – it has not voted Republican for the Presidency since 1988 and that year, George H.W. Bush’s margin over Michael Dukakis was a mere 51-49%. In fact, even in the 1984 Reagan landslide, it gave the President just 53%, less than monolithically Democratic New York.
This year, Republicans are hoping to flip the state and while, they have certainly succeeded in putting it in play, most analysts think the odds of Donald Trump actually winning it are a stretch.