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More than a quarter-century ago, this area, in the very geographical centre of Pennsylvania, provided Vice-President George H.W. Bush with a massive 13-percentage-point margin that helped him sweep this swing state into the Republican column in 1988 and catapult himself into the White House. But four years ago, this same area landed in the Democratic column and helped Barack Obama capture the state on the way to win a second term in 2012.

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