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Topic - Rob Gleason
Problems at the polls surfaced early Tuesday in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, with Republican election monitors being turned away from polling places and members of the New Black Panther Party appearing at voting sites in Philadelphia.
A court-imposed Tuesday deadline is looming for a judge to decide whether Pennsylvania's tough new law requiring voters to show photo identification can remain intact, a ruling that could swing election momentum with Republican candidates trailing in polls on the state's top-of-the-ticket races.
After a big win in Saturday's Kansas caucuses, Rick Santorum is riding high almost everywhere but in his native Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Republicans who just last fall were celebrating a slew of congressional and state election triumphs have yet to put up a major challenger against first-term Democratic Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.
"It certainly raises the question, what are Democrats doing in the polls that they are working so hard to shield folks from monitoring in this election?" state Republican chairman Rob Gleason said in a statement.
Mr. Gleason said that, early on, some strong potential Casey challengers balked after considering Mr. Obama's 10-point win against John McCain in Pennsylvania in 2008 and Mr. Casey's even wider margin two years earlier.