After casting my ballot for Mitt Romney, I tuned into Julie Mason's The Press Pool on Sirius XM during my three hour trek back to Maryland. Mason's guest was Pittsburgh-Tribune Review staff writer and editorial page columnist Salena Zito, who detailed how Romney could win Pennsylvania tonight. One indicator was Romney's rally in Bucks County, which drew 30,000 people. She aptly noted how this doesn't happen in the collar counties around Philadelphia – especially for a Republican candidate. Furthermore, out of 1200 Democratic voters polled across the county, Zito found that they feel disillusioned, abandoned, and condescended to by their fellow party members making the decisions in Washington. Thus, they're leaning for Romney.
While the Tea Party insurgency and women helped Republicans capture the most House seats since 1948 during the 2010 elections – Zito noted that disenchanted Democrats also played an integral role in the GOP retaking the House two years ago.
Bucks County is the most populous of the collar counties a strong lead could determine how PA will go tonight.