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Clinton Starts Focusing on Pennsylvania

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From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton will receive the endorsement of Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl at a rally today, according to a campaign source.

Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato will also be on hand to lend his support to Clinton.

Clinton makes two stops today in Pittsburgh where she's expected to address the continued rise in gas prices and to react to President Bush's economic speech.

Pennsylvania's April 22 primary will be a difficult fight between Clinton and Barack Obama, which Clinton supporter Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., noted.

"There's no question. Hillary Clinton is a better fit for those counties, is a better fit for southwest Pennsylvania. But I think either one of them is going to carry the state in the fall," said Rendell today on MSNBC.

Rendell's comments come the day after Clinton campaign strategist Mark Penn told reporters: "If Barack Obama can't win there, how can he win the general election?"

Both Clinton and Obama agreed yesterday to a nationally-televised debate in Pennsylvania before the April primary.

St. Patrick's Day parades are in store for Clinton this weekend -- she'll double-up Saturday with festivities in Pittsburgh and Scranton.