The ranks of registered Democrats in Pennsylvania swelled by more than 111,000 since the fall, according to state figures, showing that voters are scrambling to take part in the state's most important presidential primary in decades, political observers say.
Campaigns for Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama promised to send thousands of organizers and volunteers across the state this weekend in a final push to register voters. To participate in the April 22 Democratic primary, voters must register with the party by Monday.
The number of registered Republicans fell more than 13,000 during the same time period, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State....During the first week of heavy campaigning in Pennsylvania, which began March 10 with appearances by both candidates and former President Clinton, more than 22,000 registered voters switched to the Democratic Party, according to the state department.
Dappenbrook of Beaver County and dozens of others gathered Thursday afternoon at the newly opened downtown Greensburg office of the Obama campaign.
Obama's staffers, who arrived in town last week, formally inaugurated campaign activities yesterday and in the next few days will intensify efforts to register voters before Monday's deadline for the April 22 primary....Westmoreland County, with its more than 130,000 registered Democrats, is considered a key area in the race between Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.