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Election 2011: All Eyes On The Suburbs

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s a week left until Election Day and our local elections may mean a lot for the White House. Plus, a surprise announcement from a local politician is turning heads.

As the suburban counties go a week from today, so might the Presidential race. That’s why numerous analysts for both national parties — here and in Washington — will watch every aspect of the Democratic attempts to control county governments, especially in Montgomery and Bucks Counties.

The GOP has controlled the Bucks County Commission for over a quarter of a century. In Montgomery, much longer. There is no mystery that the Obama White House must win Pennsylvania to have a chance next year and the suburban counties may decide that outcome. So voter sentiment for both parties will be watched closely.

Also under scrutiny: votes for local and legislative offices in South Jersey, especially populous Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties. And just a week from our election, Pennsylvania State Senator Stuart Greenleaf says he has filed for the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. He doesn’t aspire to the Oval Office, he says, he just wants to introduce new ideas on keeping America solvent.

Reported by Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio 1060

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