Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will visit Democratic campaign offices in Scranton and Hazleton Monday afternoon as part of a two-day visit to Pennsylvania.
Biden will speak at a campaign event at 1:15 p.m. at the Scranton field office, 216 Wyoming Ave. She‚??ll then head south to the Hazleton field office at 236 W. Broad St., for a 3:15 p.m. visit with volunteers from that area. The appearances are part of a voter registration drive in advance of Tuesday‚??s deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.
The events are for campaign volunteers only and will not be open to the general public.
Biden will start her day in Harrisburg and end with an appearance in Allentown.
On Tuesday she‚??ll appear at campaign events in Reading, Lancaster and Philadelphia.
Biden, who like her husband was born in Pennsylvania, was in her native state twice last month. Once was for a women‚??s event in Pittsburgh with Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The two later visited an Obama campaign office in the Steel City. The other was as a participant in the Sept. 11 commemorative ceremony at the Flight 93 crash site in Somerset County.
Biden‚??s visit is the latest in a string of surrogates visiting the state while both parties‚?? top ticket names ‚?? Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden ‚?? remain on the trail in other swing states.
Tom Baldino, a Wilkes University political science professor, said the region and state will continue to be bypassed unless polls start to shift and make Pennsylvania more competitive for the Romney/Ryan ticket.
‚??It appears that both sides understand that Pennsylvania is not as ‚??in play‚?? as it was in 2008,‚?Ě Baldino said, referencing the Obama vs. John McCain battle four years ago that seemed to have the candidates in the region every other week. ‚??Depending on what the post-debate polls reveal, however, Pennsylvania may appear competitive. If it‚??s in play, we‚??ll likely see not only more surrogates but also an appearance by each candidate.‚?Ě
Nearly all recent polls, conducted prior to Wednesday night‚??s presidential debate, had Obama up by double digits, including a 12-point lead reflected in the Quinnipiac University poll released at the end of September.
But a shift in the polls may not guarantee visits in these parts by the top of the tickets.
‚??They may not come to Northeast Pennsylvania, however, but stop in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh,‚?Ě Baldino said. ‚??I think for Pennsylvania to appear competitive, it will require Obama‚??s lead in the polls to shrink to within the margin of error of the poll, essentially a 2-3 percent difference between the two candidates.‚?Ě