Pols Battle to Win Pa. in 2004

Politics are everywhere in the Lehigh Valley, even if the candidates cannot be. On one recent day, there was an Irish-Americans for Kerry picnic, a Rock the Vote voter registration concert at Lehigh University, much intense voter outreach by both campaigns and a few church services where Bush's position against gay marriage and abortion was lauded.

"I explain to them, they should vote for the person going from the Bible," said the Rev. Hector Rodriquez, a Pentecostal minister at Iglesia de Cristo Misionera in downtown Allentown.

Allentown's Kevin French favors Bush on national security issues but likes Kerry's stance on the economy. So how is he going to make his final decision?

"I don't know. 'Eeenie, meenie, minie, moe,' " he said, laughing.

The state motto is "You've got a friend in Pennsylvania," but neither candidate is taking any friend for granted.

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