WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s victory in Pennsylvania marks the sixth straight presidential election in which state voters have picked the Democrat.
Which raises the question: Has Pennsylvania finally lost its swing-state status?
The battleground status of the historically competitive state was the subject of political scrutiny for much of 2012. Even when the Republicans made a brisk, last-minute attempt to wrest it away when some polls showed the race tightening, Obama still won without breaking much of a sweat.
If Pennsylvania was shaded blue on a dry erase board after previous elections, this year it might be colored in with a permanent marker. Pundits and politicians interviewed this week offered differing takes.