By Tony Romeo and Larry Kane
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Mitt Romney stops by the Union League tomorrow morning for a series of events that are expected to add several million dollars to his campaign coffers.
Most polls show Mitt Romney lagging among voters but Robert Asher, co-chair of Romney’s Pennsylvania’s fundraising effort, says the Republican presidential candidate is on target to meet or exceed the goal of raising $15 million dollars in the Keystone State for the general election cycle.
“We’re very pleased with the fundraising in the Commonwealth. We will be doing a major event this Friday in Philadelphia, and we anticipate [to raise] somewhere between $3 and a half and $4 million dollars.”
Those events include a series of roundtables with the candidate and a general reception for which supporters will pay $25-hundred, $5-thousand or $10-thousand to attend. There is also a public rally at the Valley Forge Military Academy Friday morning, doors open at 9:30.
As for lagging poll numbers, Asher contends the GOP’s internal polls show the race much tighter in Pennsylvania even though CBS News has declared Pa. is no longer a swing state. The poll suggests there are 9 swing states remaining — Florida, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado, Nevada and Wisconsin — and that the President has poll leads in all but three of those states. Ohio is now considered leaning Democrat.
Democrats seem a bit nervous about the CBS Quinnipiac poll showing Bob Casey six points ahead of Republican Tom Smith. They are launching a major push for Casey in the next weeks.