Mitt Romney is looking to Pennsylvania to help slow President Barack Obama's momentum ahead of next week's high-stakes presidential debate.


Mitt Romney speaks during a Veterans for Romney event at American Legion Post 176 in Springfield, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Republican presidential nominee campaigns in the Philadelphia area today. He is to meet donors at a high-dollar fundraiser before a midday rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College.

A Republican presidential candidate has not won Pennsylvania in nearly a quarter-century. Romney aides privately concede that Obama has a significant advantage in the state with the election just 40 days away.

Romney's visit — his first to the state in more than two months — is mainly to raise money. Obama will stick close to Washington on Friday, where he has three fundraising events.

Both men will devote time this weekend to preparing for Wednesday's debate.

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