Jennifer Rubin isn’t buying the Romney desertion:

When the Romney-Ryan ticket announced a major ad campaign in eight states last night, the media noted that Wisconsin and Michigan were not among them and then jumped to the conclusion that these states are no longer in play. Wrong. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told Right Turn that the campaign is “definitely not” abandoning these states. She told me: “Stay tuned.”

The Romney-Ryan camp, I was told, has expensive ground games in these states, as well as in Pennsylvania. Saul provided the stats:


* 21 offices across the state

* More than 1 million voter contacts

* Sixth most voter contacts in the country

* Knocked on more than 100,000 doors


* 23 offices across Pennsylvania

* More voter contacts last week than any other week this cycle

* More than 1.5 million voter contacts

* Fourth most voter contacts in the country

* Knocked on more than 200,000 doors

It sure sounds like Romney is in both states till the finish. The fact that the superPACS have pulled out means little. They can always jump back in if the conditions are right.

The one worrying thing about this is that it shows just how hard it will be for Romney to overcome even small leads in individual states by Obama. With so many voters having already made up their minds, catching up in any state will be hard to do.