Mitt Romney had made a late play for Pennsylvania and its 20 Electoral College votes when aides questioned whether the candidate's strong play for Ohio's 18 looked like it could fall short.
Romney, the Republican National Committee and allied groups poured more than $23 million into the state, most of it in the campaign's final week. Obama followed suit, and dispatched former President Bill Clinton to the state, while Romney campaigned there twice in the races closing days.
Romney was there as recently as a few hours ago, when he made a brief stop in Pittsburgh. In the end, the efforts didn't make the difference he needed.
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