Pennsylvania: Rural Swath of Big State Tests Obama

2008, 2008 Presidential Campaign, Pennsylvania

The New York Times examines the challenges facing Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, a state won by both Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004.

To roam the rural reaches of western Pennsylvania, through largely white working-class counties, is to understand the breadth of the challenge facing the two presidential candidates. But this economically ravaged region, once so solidly Democratic, poses a particular hurdle for Senator Obama.